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Kerry seeks to calm South China Sea tensions

August 9, 2014 • World News


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center, speaks during the 7th Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) ministerial meeting in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. Already scrambling to confront multiple simultaneous international crises, the Obama administration stepped up efforts Saturday to avert another, as Kerry called on China and its smaller neighbors to take new steps to ease tensions over maritime disputes in Asian waters that many fear could spark conflict. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday urged China and its neighbors to take new steps to ease tensions over maritime disputes that many fear could spark conflict.

Under the proposal he presented, China and members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) that have competing claims to territory in the South China Sea would voluntarily halt provocative actions.

Recent activity by several nations, particularly China, in disputed areas has heightened concerns about Login to read more

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