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China, Japan need dialogue to avoid 'miscalculations': US general

Published on Feb 22, 2014 6:26 PM
 
US Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno (left) shakes hands with Fan Changlong, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission, at Bayi Building in Beijing onFeb 21, 2014. US Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno on Saturday, Feb 22, 2014, said Beijing and Tokyo must enhance communication to avoid "miscalculations" amid a simmering territorial dispute over islands in the East China Sea. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - US Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno on Saturday said Beijing and Tokyo must enhance communication to avoid "miscalculations" amid a simmering territorial dispute over islands in the East China Sea.

General Odierno spoke during a visit to China where he has held talks with military officials aimed at establishing a formal high-level dialogue between the US and Chinese armies in the coming months.

"We reinforced the importance of dialogue and discussion between the Japanese and the Chinese regarding this issue," Gen Odierno told reporters. "We have to be careful and ensure that there are no miscalculations along the way."

Tokyo and Beijing are locked in a bitter territorial row over Japan-controlled Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea which China also claims and calls the Diaoyus.

 
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