US Secretary of State John Kerry gestures during a joint press conference with unseen Afghan presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani at the United Nations Compound in Kabul on August 8, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Wakil Kohsar
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Myanmar seeking to calm tensions in the South China Sea between China and its smaller neighbors.Kerry's participation in the annual Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum comes after China angered Vietnam by deploying a deep-sea oil rig for two months near islands claimed by both countries.Separately, while in the Myanmar, Kerry will be pressing the country's leaders to apply greater safeguards for human rights.Kerry will raise the issues in separate meetings with Myanmar's President Thein Sein on Saturday and then again with opposition leader Aung Saung Suu Kyi on Sunday.After Myanmar, Kerry will travel to Australia to join U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Australian officials for security talks.
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