U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urges ''policy restraint'' for a meaningful code of conduct to work in the disputed South China Sea. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday he had expressed "serious concern" during a regional meeting over a rise in tension due to territorial disputes between China and other countries in the South China Sea. Speaking at a regional forum in Malaysia, Kerry said "policy restraint" was needed in order for a meaningful code of conduct to work in disputed waters. "I expressed our serious concerns over the developments in the South China Sea including the mass land reclamation and potential militarisation of land features. I reiterated America's strong support for freedom of navigation, overflight, and other lawful uses of the sea. These rights I would remind everybody are universal rights and they must be respected by every nation, large and small. To that end I made clear our belief that the claimants to some of these reefs, islands, to some of these areas, should all of them, everyone of them - take concrete steps in order to try to lower the tensions by refraining from further land reclamation, militarisation and construction projects," Kerry said. China claims most of the South China Sea. The Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam also claim parts of the ocean.