Will U.S. Restrain ‘Provocative’ South China Sea Actions? Beijing Wants To Know


The Beijing-based Global Times would like to know if Washington is going to keep up its provocative actions in the South China Sea . The newspaper, which often expresses the views of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), posed the question at the end of an editorial on Wednesday, offering its take on the eighth China-US Strategic & Economic Dialogue (S&ED) in Beijing that ended the previous day.

At the start of the S&ED, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pressed China over its recent actions in the South China Sea, while U.S. Trade Secretary Jack Lew urged China to stop dumping foreign markets with excess steel.

“The United States will make it clear that we are looking for a peaceful resolution to … the disputes of the South China Sea,” Kerry said in opening remarks.

“Let’s not resolve this by unilateral action; let’s resolve this through rule of law, through diplomacy, through negotiation. And we urge all nations to find a diplomatic solution, rooted in international standards and rule of law,” he said.