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Kerry says constructive ties with China needed for regional stability

Published on Aug 14, 2014 10:00 AM
 
US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at a joint press conference at the end of AUSMIN talks in Sydney on Aug 12, 2014.  A constructive relationship between Washington and Beijing is necessary to maintaining regional stability despite China's behaviour in the South China Sea, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday at the end of an eight-day trip to Asia. -- PHOTO: AFP

HONOLULU (REUTERS) - A constructive relationship between Washington and Beijing is necessary to maintaining regional stability despite China's behaviour in the South China Sea, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday at the end of an eight-day trip to Asia.

In a major policy address in Hawaii, Kerry focused on the Obama administration's so-called pivot to Asia instead of crises engulfing Iraq, Afghanistan, Gaza and Ukraine. Outside the East-West Centre where he gave the speech, a small group of demonstrators protested Israel's actions in Gaza.

Kerry said President Barack Obama had asked him to redouble efforts in building relations with countries in Asia and the Pacific. In particular, those efforts would be focused on ensuring lasting economic growth, energy efficiency, regional cooperation and promoting human rights and democracy, he said.

"The United States is an Asian-Pacific nation, and we take our enduring interests there very seriously. We know that America's security and prosperity are closely and increasingly linked to the Asia-Pacific," he said.

 
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