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Beijing hits out at US South China Sea proposal

Published on Aug 12, 2014 5:07 AM
US Secretary of State John Kerry shaking hands with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Asean Regional Forum in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on August 9, 2014. Mr Wang suggested the US' aim regarding disputes over the South China Sea might be "to create chaos in the region".  -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - Beijing accused the US of deliberately stoking tensions in the South China Sea as it rejected Washington's proposal for a freeze on provocative actions in the region, the foreign ministry said Monday.

The remarks by Foreign Minister Wang Yi came at an Asean Regional Forum (ARF) overshadowed by disputes over the strategically significant sea.

Beijing claims it almost in its entirety, putting it at odds with countries including the Philippines and Vietnam, and there have been several tense encounters in the area over recent months.

US Secretary of State John Kerry appeared at the forum to push for a multilateral agreement to end all actions that risk further inflaming regional sensitivities.

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