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Freedom of navigation tops Kerry visit

2015-05-16 10:08:44       source:People's Daily

May 15, 2015
"China's efforts in building maritime facilities in the South China Sea are in fulfillment of its duty to safeguard maritime safety as a regional power, observers said Thursday.

Ahead of US Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to Beijing on Saturday, several US officials have expressed a more assertive stance in criticizing China's facility - building work on some islets in the South China Sea, a move seen by analysts as a US attempt to undermine China's legitimacy and contribution in the waters.

Kerry will leave China "in absolutely no doubt" about Washington's commitment to ensuring freedom of navigation and flight in the South China Sea when he visits Beijing this weekend, a senior State Department official said Wednesday, Reuters reported."

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