1. John Kerry calls on China, Philippines to abide by tribunal ruling on South China Sea

John Kerry calls on China, Philippines to abide by tribunal ruling on South China Sea

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday called on China and the Philippines to abide by an international tribunal's decision on the disputed South China Sea region.

By: | New Delhi | Published: August 31, 2016 12:02 PM
US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday called on China and the Philippines to abide by an international tribunal's decision on the disputed South China Sea region. (Reuters) US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday called on China and the Philippines to abide by an international tribunal’s decision on the disputed South China Sea region. (Reuters)

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday called on China and the Philippines to abide by an international tribunal’s decision on the disputed South China Sea region.

“This is a crucial opportunity to uphold the existing rules-based international order, show respect for international law, and support regional stability and prosperity,” Kerry said in an address to students on a two-day visit to New Delhi.

The remarks came ahead of a G20 summit in China on Sept 4 and 5 that is to be attended by global leaders.

Beijing wants to use the meeting in the tourist hub of Hangzhou to lay out a broad strategy for global growth, but talks are likely to be overshadowed by arguments over everything from territorial disputes to protectionism, diplomats said.

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