Terming India a “key strategic partner”, the minister said there was scope for India and Australia to cooperate further on global issues.
Assistant Secretary of Defense David Shear said the US has a vested interest in ensuring that territorial claims are resolved peacefully and without conflict or coercion.
An exercise also included an assault on a mock-up of the presidential building in Taiwan, that China claims as its own territory and has vowed to bring to heel by military force if necessary.
“China has already stopped. You look, who is building? Take a plane and look for yourself,” Wang said on the sidelines of the meeting when asked about the reclamation work.
Speaking Wednesday at a Southeast Asian regional security forum, Kerry said the U.S. wants to preserve stability in the South China Sea and ensure the security of shipping lanes and fishing grounds there.
Beijing has opposed any mention of the thorny territorial rifts in the meetings of foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and their Asian and Western counterparts.
The Chinese military has expressed its opposition to frequent surveillance by US military ships and aircraft over the disputed South China Sea
The Chinese plane will have a maximum takeoff weight of 53.5 tons and an operational range of about 4,500 kilometers.
The Philippines has asked a United Nations-backed tribunal to declare China’s claim over most of the resource-rich South China Sea as illegal.
China claims most of the South China Sea. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei claim overlapping parts of the strategic waterway.
The flashpoint South China Sea hosts major sea lanes over vast mineral reserves.
The Mayor of an island, which is under Philippine control in the disputed Spratly islands, construction was in full swing with many dredgers and a huge crane visible on the emerging man-made island.
Vietnam accused Chinese military of attacking its fishermen in the disputed South China Sea territory in three separate incidents over the week.
China will complete island building project in disputed South China Sea territory. Island to be used for maritime search and rescue, environmental conservation and scientific research.
China is opposed to India’s oil exploration in the South China Sea because it is a disputed area, but regards its $46 bn economic corridor through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir a “livelihood project”