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Beijing seeks to address US concerns in Asia

12-02-2010 09:38 BJT

BEIJING - China on Wednesday made diplomatic efforts to smooth over Washington's nervousness over what it sees as a challenge in the Asia-Pacific region by a growing China.

Meanwhile, China also warned against any outside meddling in territorial disputes between China and other countries in the region, hinting at US interference.

"It is important to note that China-US relations in Asia and Pacific region should be cooperative and win-win - not a zero-sum game," Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi told the Lanting Forum held in the Blue Hall of the Foreign Ministry compound in Beijing on Wednesday afternoon.

The event, themed on the Asia-Pacific situation and China's Asia-Pacific policy, represents the first time the Foreign Ministry has sponsored such a public forum.

Yang said China and the United States could properly solve their problems through candid dialogues, instead of confrontation.

Yang said territorial and maritime disputes between nations should be peacefully resolved between the parties directly involved through bilateral negotiations.

Yang told his audience of diplomats and academics that - based on the consensus already reached and through the open channels of dialogue - the parties will be able to properly address their own issues with their own efforts.

All countries should play a constructive role and refrain from creating new trouble and tension or complicating the matters, Yang said.

In its latest bid to further step up its presence in the region, the US launched a four-day joint naval drill with the Republic of Korea (ROK) in waters west of the divided Korean Peninsula.

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