US to monitor South China Sea, talks with Australia on regional defense

August 11, 2014 5:40 AM

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US to monitor South China Sea, talks with Australia on regional defense

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The United States will monitor actions in the South China Sea to see whether "deescalate steps" are being taken, a senior State Department official said on Monday, a day after Beijing repelled U.S. pressure to rein in its actions in the disputed waters.

The official spoke as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Sydney for a meeting with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagen and Australian officials to discuss increased defense and cyber security cooperation.

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