US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday called on China and the Philippines to abide by an international tribunal’s decision on the disputed South China Sea region. “This is a crucial opportunity to uphold the existing rules-based international order, show respect for international law, and support regional stability and prosperity,” Kerry said in an address to students on a two-day visit to New Delhi.
The remarks came ahead of a G20 summit in China on Sept 4 and 5 that is to be attended by global leaders. Beijing wants to use the meeting in the tourist hub of Hangzhou to lay out a broad strategy for global growth, but talks are likely to be overshadowed by arguments over everything from territorial disputes to protectionism, diplomats said.
John Kerry arrived in New Delhi on Monday evening as part of the second annual Indo-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue. On Wednesday, during his interaction at IIT-Delhi, Kerry said that Pakistan has to act against terror sanctuaries and push harder against “indigenous groups” operating from its soil that are affecting ties with India and Afghanistan’s peace and stability.
He also said that Pakistan has fastened its offensive against terror groups and that one nation alone cannot fight against groups like ISIS, al-Qaeda and Jaish-e-Mohammed.