Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday moved to minimize any perceived tensions over China's recent air-defense zone.
"We are not approaching this with any particular view toward China, except to say when China makes a unilateral move we will state our position," Kerry said during a press conference with Albert del Rosario, the secretary of Foreign Affairs for the Philippines, Reuters reports.
Kerry's statement came a day after the United States announced it would give $32.5 million in aid to countries in Southeast Asia to help increase their maritime security. The boost in aid comes as the administration is shifting its foreign policy focus to Asia from the Middle East. "What we are involved in are normal processes in order to raise their maritime protection capacity," he said on Tuesday.