US tries to cool sea tensions at Asia security summit


Speaking in Myanmar's capital Naypyidaw, after an ASEAN Regional Forum, Kerry said talks with his Southeast Asian counterparts and the Chinese foreign minister were fruitful. "I think we will see some progress on the South China Sea based on the conversations we have had here," he told reporters as he prepared to leave Naypyidaw late Sunday.

As the forum ended, Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said discussions with China had been positive. "The Chinese side has spoken of the need to have an early conclusion to the code of conduct," he told reporters. "Which is in stark contract to the recent past when they were not even willing to talk about it," he said.

The United States on Sunday pressed its case for a freeze on hostile acts in waters contested by China and its Southeast Asian neighbours, but said it did not want to "confront" Beijing over its strategy in the region.

Read more here: Business Spectator


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