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'You're late!' Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi irked as John Kerry keeps him waiting before bilateral talks

OWoN: Arrogance has a way of humbling one. What a complete insensitive and amateur BUM to have on the world stage for Gods sake!!!!


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Meeting during Asean event dealt largely with South China Sea tensions

South China Morning Post
9 August 2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry ticked off his Chinese counterpart on Saturday by arriving late for talks between the superpowers as Washington attempts to cool regional maritime tensions.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pointedly remarked that he had been waiting “for more than half an hour” in comments through an interpreter after Kerry arrived late for a meeting between the two countries.

Kerry, chuckling sheepishly, apologised for keeping Beijing’s top diplomat waiting.

“I am very, very sorry,” he said ahead of the meeting on the sidelines of talks between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and regional and global powers.

The US has urged an end to all acts that may worsen already strained relations between China and regional rival claimants over parts of the South China Sea.

Wang on Saturday said China was not the aggressor in the disputed waters, but vowed Beijing would have “clear and firm reactions” to defend its interests in the sea.

China earlier in the day vowed “clear and firm reactions” to defend its interests in the South China Sea but rejected suggestions of aggression, as America’s top diplomat urged restraint from all claimants to the bitterly contested waters.

A series of incidents between Beijing and several other nations with territorial claims to the sea has sent tensions soaring across Southeast Asia and spurred Washington to call for a halt to any activities that could worsen regional maritime relations.

Animosity over the South China Sea, a crucial maritime route that is also believed to hold huge oil and gas deposits, is dominating the Asean talks.

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