The Straits Times
Published on Sep 05, 2012

China paper warns US against stirring Asian tensions


BEIJING (AFP) - An influential Chinese state newspaper on Wednesday warned Washington against stirring up trouble between China and its neighbours, as the United States (US) Secretary of State met leaders in Beijing.

The commentary in the overseas edition of the People's Daily coincided with an official visit to China by Mrs Hillary Clinton, as the US seeks to make progress on bitter territorial disputes across the region.

"Sowing discord amongst China's neighbours will not benefit the US," said the paper, which is seen as the mouthpiece of China's ruling Communist party, calling such a strategy a "counterproductive waste". "China and its neighbours have benefited from China's support of a peaceful order in the Asia-Pacific region. America can't be blamed for feeling jealous and readjusting its Asia-Pacific policy," said the paper.

"If American foreign policy damages China's core interests, that can only lead to China hitting back strongly. The US should not be surprised by that."