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South China Sea a friction point as Kerry meets counterpart in Beijing
South China Sea a friction point as Kerry meets counterpart in Beijing

China on Saturday defended its land reclamation and construction activities on disputed islets in the South China Sea as “fully within the scope” of its national sovereignty while U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Beijing to “reduce tensions and increase the prospect of a diplomatic solution.” At a press conference in the Chinese capital, Kerry and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi sought to stress points of agreement between the two nations on issues such as climate change and as they work to lay the groundwork for a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to the United States in September. But the South China Sea matter stood out as a point of friction...

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