Reuters U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry expressed his concern about China's land reclamation and construction on man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea during talks with his Chinese counterpart on Wednesday, a senior State Department official said. By David Brunnstrom and Trinna Leong
'Kerry made the remarks to Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Kuala Lumpur on the sidelines of meetings involving the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), where tensions in the South China Sea have taken center stage.
'The official said Kerry told Wang that while Washington did not take a position on sovereignty claims in the strategic waterway, it wanted to see them resolved peacefully and in accordance with international law.
'Kerry also reiterated U.S. concerns over the "militarization" of features on the Chinese-held islands in the Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea, the official added.'