China: South China Sea Project Has Stopped
- VOA News,August 6, 2015
China’s foreign minister says his country has stopped its controversial land reclamation project in the South China Sea.
Wang Yi commented at the ASEAN (Association of Southeastern Asian Nations) forum in Malaysia on Wednesday, where he met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
Reporters asked Wang about the project that has pitted China against some of its neighbors who also have claims on the waterway.
He said, “China has already stopped.” Wang told reporters they should take a plane and look for themselves.
Earlier Wednesday, Kerry expressed his concerns to Wang about China’s large-scale reclamation and construction on islands, including some which appear to have military features.
A senior State Department official said Kerry reiterated his concern about rising tensions in the South China Sea, which is one of the world's busiest shipping lanes.
China has been creating artificial islands in waters where Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and the Philippines have overlapping claims.
"The United States shares the frequently expressed desire of ASEAN members to preserve peace and stability in the South China Sea," said Kerry in opening remarks at the ASEAN - U.S. ministerial meeting.
The United States and the Philippines have urged China to freeze its land reclamation projects. Beijing has rejected criticism of its efforts.
A senior State Department official said Kerry and Wang also discussed concerns about cyberspace, human rights issues and President Xi Jinping's planned U.S. visit in September.