Kerry voices concern over militarization in S China Sea

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Posted: Feb 17, 2016 12:22 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says there is increasing evidence of militarization by China in the South China Sea.

Kerry described that as a "serious concern."

He was responding to a question about reports that China has deployed positioned anti-aircraft missiles on a disputed South China Sea island in what analysts are describing as significant military escalation.

In his brief comments, Kerry did not confirm the reports. He was speaking Wednesday before meeting with Poland's foreign minister.

Kerry said there would be more talks with China in coming days. He urged China to resolve disputes through diplomacy not unilateral actions and force.

China has stepped up construction and land reclamation to support its claims to most of the South China Sea, unnerving its neighbors.