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U.S.' Kerry to take tough approach in China over East Vietnam Sea

Thursday, May 14, 2015, 17:29 GMT+7
U.S.' Kerry to take tough approach in China over East Vietnam Sea

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will leave China "in absolutely no doubt" about Washington's commitment to ensuring freedom of navigation and flight in the East Vietnam Sea when he visits Beijing this weekend, a senior State Department official said on Wednesday.

Setting the scene for what could be contentious encounters with Chinese leaders, including President Xi Jinping, the official said Kerry would warn that China's land-reclamation work in contested waters could have negative consequences for regional stability - and for relations with the United States.

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