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Kerry Urges Beijing to Halt ‘Problematic Actions’ in South China Sea

Kerry Urges Beijing to Halt ‘Problematic Actions’ in South China Sea

With tensions mounting over China’s land reclamation projects in disputed South China Sea waters, Secretary of State John Kerry urged his Chinese counterpart on Wednesday to halt “problematic actions” in the area to provide an opportunity for diplomacy, a senior State Department official said.

Mr. Kerry met with China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, on the sidelines of a Southeast Asian meeting here that has been marked by concern over Beijing’s effort to pile sand around reefs in the South China Sea and construct buildings, harbors, radar towers and airstrips there. More than 2,000 acres of artificial island have been created, according to United States officials.

Mr. Kerry told Mr. Wang that the United States was concerned about the large-scale nature of China’s land reclamation and the “militarization of features there,” said the State Department official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity under the agency’s protocol for briefing reporters.

Source: Kerry Urges Beijing to Halt ‘Problematic Actions’ in South China Sea – The New York Times