U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) gestures as India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj looks on during their joint news conference in New Delhi, India, August 30, 2016. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi(reuters_tickers)
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday called on China and the Philippines to abide by an international tribunal's decision on the disputed South China Sea region.
"This is a crucial opportunity to uphold the existing rules-based international order, show respect for international law, and support regional stability and prosperity," Kerry said in an address to students on a two-day visit to New Delhi.
The remarks came ahead of a G20 summit in China on Sept 4 and 5 that is to be attended by global leaders.
Beijing wants to use the meeting in the tourist hub of Hangzhou to lay out a broad strategy for global growth, but talks are likely to be overshadowed by arguments over everything from territorial disputes to protectionism, diplomats said.
(Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Writing by Krishna N. Das; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)