US urges calm in China, Japan dispute
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The US is urging China and US ally Japan to “step back from the brink” in their territorial dispute and co-operate in the interests of the global economy.
China has stepped up patrols near disputed East China Sea islands controlled by Japan, prompting a maritime confrontation this week but no use of force.
Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell said on Thursday that with the European slowdown and the US just recovering, Northeast Asia serves as the cockpit of the global economy. He said: “It’s incredibly important that both countries appreciate what they have built and step back from the brink.”
Campbell described as “unhelpful” a retired Chinese diplomat’s reported comments this week that US policy in Asia was heightening China-Japan tensions. He said he did not believe that reflected Beijing’s views.