China calls on US to restrain ally Japan as tension simmers
Published on Apr 8, 2014 6:32 PM
BEIJING (REUTERS) - China called on the United States on Tuesday to restrain ally Japan and chided another US ally, the Philippines, at the end of talks between American and Chinese defense chiefs that showed the strain of regional territorial disputes on Sino-US ties.
The forceful comments by Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan came just a day after US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel toured China's sole aircraft carrier, in a rare opening by Beijing to a potent symbol of its military ambitions.
Mr Chang and Mr Hagel spoke positively about improving military ties and announced steps to deepen them further. But the effort could do little to mask long-standing tension over of a range of issues, including in cyberspace but focused mainly on the two US allies locked in territorial disputes with China.
China claims 90 per cent of the 3.5 million sq km South China Sea, where the Philippines, along with other countries, stake claims. China has a separate dispute with Japan in the East China Sea over uninhabited islets that are administered by Japan.
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