Kerry: US avoiding 'confrontation' in sea row

US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) shakes hands with Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay during their meeting at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila, on July 27, 2016US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday said Washington wanted to avoid “confrontation” in the South China Sea, after an international tribunal rejected Beijing’s claims to most of the waters. Kerry made the remarks after meeting with Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay in Manila where they discussed the Southeast Asian nation’s sweeping victory in the arbitration case against China. America’s top diplomat said the United States wanted China and the Philippines to engage in talks and “confidence-building measures”.

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