Kerry said to discuss South China Sea tensions with China's Foreign Minister

August 5, 2015 06:00

KUALA LUMPUR- US Secretary of State John Kerry said he would discuss Washington's call for a halt to activities that are raising tensions in the disputed South China Sea with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday.

Kerry made the comment to reporters before he and Wang met in Kuala Lumpur on the sidelines of meetings of the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Their talks come after ASEAN states on Tuesday called for restraint in the South China Sea amid concerns over Beijing's rapid creation of seven artificial islands in the strategic waterway. Several ASEAN members have competing claims with Beijing in the South China Sea.

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