South China Sea land works increase tensions: SE Asian ministers

Anti-China protesters display the national flag during a protest in front of the Chinese consulate in the financial district of Manila on July 24, 2015.
Anti-China protesters display the national flag during a protest in front of the Chinese consulate in the financial district of Manila on July 24, 2015.PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Land reclamation works in the South China Sea have "increased tensions" in the region, South-east Asian foreign ministers said on Thursday, as they closed a meeting in which concern over Beijing's island-building dominated discussions.

"We took note of the serious concerns expressed by some ministers on the land reclamations in the South China Sea, which have eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions and may undermine peace, security and stability in the South China Sea," a joint statement obtained by Agence France-Presse said.