Kerry to Say U.S. Committed to Free South China Sea Movement

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks with U.S. State Secretary John Kerry, through a translator, during a lunch banquet in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing
Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks with U.S. State Secretary John Kerry, through a translator, during a lunch banquet in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing / AP

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will leave China "in absolutely no doubt" about Washington's commitment to freedom of navigation in and flight over the South China Sea when he visits Beijing this weekend, a senior State Department official said on Wednesday.

Kerry will also tell Chinese leaders that its behavior in the South China Sea could have negative consequences for regional stability and relations with the United States, the official told reporters.

(Reporting by David Brunnstrom; Editing by Emily Stephenson)