Philippines wants South China Sea talks despite China's reluctance

August 4, 2015 7:26 AM

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Philippines wants South China Sea talks despite China's reluctance

KUALA LUMPUR The Philippines will back a U.S. call to halt land reclamation in disputed areas of the South China Sea, the country's foreign minister said on Tuesday, despite China's insistence that the issue should not be raised at an upcoming meeting.

Foreign Minister Albert Del Rosario said the Philippines was ready to help de-escalate tensions in the disputed region, if China and other claimant states agreed to be bound by the same conditions.

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