Kerry stresses solution to S China Sea ten­sion

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

BEI­JING—US Secretary of State John Kerry called on China to join in find­ing a “diplo­matic solution” to ris­ing ten­sions in the South China Sea, as the two coun­tries be­gan an an­nual di­a­log in Bei­jing on Mon­day.

He also told China it was “im­per­a­tive to keep the pres­sure” on North Korea. China claims vir­tu­ally the en­tire

South China Sea as its own, over­lap­ping with ter­ri­tory claimed by other Southeast Asian gov­ern­ments.

It has also started build­ing airstrips on ar­ti­fi­cial is­lands it built on once-sub­merged reefs, much to the cha­grin of the United States, which wor­ries the buildup will im­pede free­dom of nav­i­ga­tion in the busy area.—Agen­cies

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