China warns US to stay out of island disputes
BEIJING (AFP) - Beijing has warned the United States not to support China's neighbours' claims to disputed islands in the East and South China Seas, the government said on Friday.
Mr Wang Guanzhong, a senior officer of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA), this week warned visiting US counterparts that it should handle issues "appropriately" to avoid damaging "mutual strategic trust".
"These issues should not become a problem between China and the United States, and China hopes that the United States does not become a third party in these issues," he told US Under Secretary of Defence James Miller, the defence ministry in Beijing said in a statement on its website.
"The United States should maintain a consistent stance and policy, not send wrong signals that support or connive with relevant countries to act on their own initiative," Mr Wang said.