US Secretary of State John Kerry and China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi shake hands before a bilateral meeting at the Putra World Trade Center August 5, 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski)
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Chinese counterpart Wednesday discussed rising tensions over the South China Sea, a flashpoint issue that has been stoked by Beijing's island building in the disputed waters.The United States and Southeast Asian countries have called for Beijing to halt such activities, which have dominated discussions at the regional security forum, but China has refused.Kerry and China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi discussed the matter in Kuala Lumpur on the sidelines of the gathering, hosted by the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which runs until Thursday. The US and some Southeast Asian countries have called for China to freeze such activities.
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