US, China Open Annual High-Level Strategic Talks
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States is urging China and its Asia-Pacific neighbors to "find a diplomatic solution" to the territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
Kerry made the remarks Monday at the opening of the eighth annual U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing.
About $5 trillion of annual trade passes through the South China Sea, which is also believed to hold significant oil and gas reserves.
Angry over U.S. surveillance flights over in the airspace over the region, Beijing is reportedly considering establishing an Air Defense Identification Zone over portions of the South China Sea, which would require all incoming aircraft to register with Chinese authorities to fly in the air route. During a stopover in Mongolia Sunday, Kerry said such an action would be "a provocative and destabilizing act."
Kerry also used his opening remarks to highlight "new milestones in cooperation" between Beijing and Washington on a number of issues, including climate change, global health emergencies and curbing nuclear proliferation, including the recent tightening of sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear weapons program.
Clinton Expected to Clinch Democratic Presidential Nomination Tuesday
In the U.S. presidential race, state primary contests conclude this week with America’s most populous state, California, as the biggest prize.
Tuesday’s primaries could definitively settle the only remaining question in the 2016 presidential primary season: whether Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders is the Democratic presidential nominee.
Clinton defeated Sanders in Puerto Rico’s Democrat primary on Sunday, inching her slightly closer to the eventual nomination.
Polls show a tight race in California, a state that Clinton and Sanders desperately want to win. Even so, both are focusing most of their firepower on presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
"Donald Trump's ideas are not just different, they are dangerously incoherent,” Clinton said in a foreign policy address last week. “He is not just unprepared, he is temperamentally unfit to hold an office that requires knowledge, stability and immense responsibility.”
"What you do when you don’t have any real answers to the real problems, you scapegoat people,” Sanders, a Vermont senator, said at a campaign stop Friday. “We’re not going to let Trump divide us up.”