US Secretary of State John Kerry stressed out certain considerations on the reclamation of its artificial islands as well as construction in the South China Sea while meeting with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi, on Wednesday.
The two leaders met in Putra World Trade Center on Aug. 5, 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The main topic of the discussion was the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the South China Sea issues.
According to a Senior State Department official, Kerry pointed out that the tensions in the area should be solved in peace although he was generally neutral to the matter.
"He encouraged China, along with the other claimants, to halt problematic actions in order to create space for diplomacy," the official said.
Wang briefly stated that he aims at "peaceful discussions" in order to put an end to the tensions created in the South China Sea.
While China was moving forward in constructing a 3,000-metre-long runway in Spratlys island, an agreement was reached on Wednesday on the basis of a common behaviour in the area to resolve the issue between China and the ASEAN.
Wang Yi said that the constructions in the South China Sea have stopped.
The South China Sea issue is a major concern for the ASEAN and has been thoroughly discussed. During the association’s meetings, China pointed out that the dispute should not be the main topic of discussion. However, several ministers stressed out the importance of the topic and the need of attention it requires.
"On the South China Sea, I think we are probably nearing a formulation," said Jakkrit Srivali, director general of the ASEAN department at Thailand's Foreign Affairs Ministry.