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Kerry voices concern to China over South China Sea: US official.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | AFP -- US Secretary of State John Kerry voiced concern to China on Wednesday over its land reclamation in the disputed South China Sea and militarisation of the waters, a US official said.

"Secretary Kerry reiterated his concern about rising tensions over disputed claims in the South China Sea and China's large scale reclamation, construction, and militarisation of features there," a State Department official told reporters afterKerry met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Malaysia.

"He encouraged China, along with the other claimants, to halt problematic actions in order to create space for diplomacy."

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From L: Le Luong Minh, Secretary General of ASEAN, Vietnam's Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, US Secretary of State John Kerry, Thailand's Foreign Minister General Thanasak Patimaprakorn, Myanmar's Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin, Laos's Foreign Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and Cambodia's Foreign Minister Hor Namhong pose for a photo before the 8th Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial Meeting at the Putra World Trade Center in Kuala Lumpur on August 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / POOL / BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI

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