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China confirms commitment to neighborly solution of maritime tension (Mainichi Japan)


n this photo released by Japan Maritime Safety Agency, a Japan Coast Guard patrol boat, foreground, sails by a Chinese vessel in waters off disputed islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, in the East China Sea on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Japan Maritime Safety Agency)

BEIJING (Kyodo) — China said Wednesday it will cooperate with its neighbors to ease territorial tensions following comments by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda that Beijing’s increased assertion of maritime power is fueling strategic uncertainty.

“China is committed to peaceful development and pursues the policy of seeking good neighborliness and partnership with its neighbors,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hong Lei told a regular news briefing.

Noda told the Financial Times earlier this week that China’s increasing military power in the East and South China seas was creating uncertainty in Japan’s security environment.

Referring to Noda’s comments, Lei told the news briefing that “China’s defense strategy, and military and capabilities have always been transparent.”

Japan said last month its air force had been forced to scramble jet fighters to intercept Chinese aircraft approaching its airspace more than three times as often between April and September period as during the same period in 2010.

The Chinese Defense Ministry responded by calling on Japan to stop intercepting Chinese planes, warning this was undermining China’s national security and disturbing its military drills.

On Monday, Noda and his visiting Vietnamese counterpart, Nguyen Tan Dung, agreed to promote a binding code of conduct for disputed territorial claims in the South China Sea at the East Asia Summit later this month.

In this file photo, a patrol ship of the Japanese Coast Guard sails waters in the East China Sea around 10 kilometers southwest of Kubajima island, one of the Senkaku Islands, on Nov. 6, 2010. Kubajima island is seen in the background. (Mainichi)

Vietnam remains engaged in a territorial dispute with China over the resource-rich Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.

In addition, ties between China and Japan have been strained in recent years over a disputed chain of islands in the East China Sea. The two countries also have struck difficulties conducting joint gas field development in the East China Sea, with negotiations slow to progress after they agreed to explore resources together.

http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20111103p2g00m0dm013000c.html

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