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    China Warns US, Japan, Australia Not to Gang Up in Sea Disputes

    FILE - Vessels from the China Maritime Surveillance and the Japan Coast Guard are seen near disputed islands, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, in the East China Sea.
    FILE - Vessels from the China Maritime Surveillance and the Japan Coast Guard are seen near disputed islands, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, in the East China Sea.
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    China said on Monday that the U.S., Australia and Japan should not use their alliance as an excuse to intervene in territorial disputes in the East China Sea or the South China Sea, and urged them to refrain from inflaming regional tensions.
     
    On Friday, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry raised the maritime disputes during a trilateral strategic dialogue in Bali, Indonesia.
     
    Relations between China and Japan, the world's second- and third-largest economies, have been troubled in recent years by a row over tiny, uninhabited islands in the East China Sea, known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China.
     
    In the South China Sea, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and China are involved in long-standing sovereignty disputes over potentially oil- and gas-rich islands and their surrounding waters.
     
    A joint statement from the U.S.-Japan-Australia meeting opposed “coercive or unilateral actions” that could change the status quo in the East China Sea and called on claimants to maritime disputes in the South China Sea to refrain from destabilizing actions, according to the State Department website.
     
    “The United States, Japan and Australia are allies but this should not become an excuse to interfere in territorial disputes, otherwise it will only make the problems more complicated and harm the interests of all parties,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said.
     
    “We urge the relevant countries to respect facts, distinguish right from wrong, be cautious, and stop all words and deeds that are not beneficial to the proper handling of the issue and undermine regional stability,” Chunying continued in comments on the ministry website.

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    by: Dennis Rochester from: China
    October 09, 2013 10:26 AM
    all thing about the disputed island is the problem between |China and Japan ,US and australia have no responsiblity to didicate their own fate to this dispute unless both of them lost their brain

    by: Cringlers Mind from: US
    October 07, 2013 1:06 AM
    Why is it now , China seems to be doing the threats against what we are trying to abide by the laws already in place. Looks like China now wants to be the Policemen of the World.

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