SYDNEY: US Secretary of State John Kerry urged China Tuesday (Aug 12) to be a cooperative partner, saying Washington was not interested in conflict or confrontation with it. Kerry, who is in Australia for annual talks on security and foreign policy, made the comments as Beijing accused Washington of deliberately stoking tensions in the South China Sea.
“We welcome the rise of China as a global partner, hopefully, as a powerful economy, as a full participating constructive member of the international community,” he said. “And we want China to participate in constructive ways, whether it is in the South China Sea, or with respect to Japan, and South Korea, with North Korea, with other issues that we face.”
Beijing claims almost all of the South China Sea, putting it at odds with countries including the Philippines and Vietnam, and there have been several tense encounters in the area over recent months.