China must stop threats in maritime disputes—US


US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

WASHINGTON—US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Wednesday urged China to avoid confrontation and seek out a peaceful dialogue with Japan and other countries over territorial disputes.

The Pentagon chief said he has appealed to his counterparts in Beijing to negotiate regional agreements to defuse an array of disagreements over maritime territory.

Asked about tensions between China and Japan over the Senkaku Islands after giving a speech at Georgetown University, Panetta voiced concern that “it’s the kind of situation where there are territorial claims that could ultimately get out of hand.”

He added: “One country or the other could react in a way that could create an even greater crisis.”

Tensions rose over the island dispute as Japan said a Chinese frigate had locked its weapon-targeting radar on a Japanese warship in the East China Sea last week. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the move “dangerous” and “provocative.”

Panetta said China, the United States and other countries should work together to address “common challenges,” including piracy, natural disasters and territorial disputes.

“But to the Chinese, I basically said, ‘It is in your interest — it is in your interest to work with other countries to resolve these issues. Because if your interest is in a Pacific region that can be peaceful and that can prosper in the future, you have to be part of that,” Panetta said.

“It cannot be a China that threatens other countries. It cannot be a China that threatens, you know, to go after their territories and create territorial disputes.”

Asia’s two largest economies are at odds over the sovereignty of an uninhabited island chain in the East China Sea, which Beijing claims as the Diaoyus.

At the same time, China, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and Taiwan all have overlapping claims to the West Philippine Sea or South China Sea.

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  • Ragdeleafar

    Down with China by ‘Hook or By Crook’!!! Where diplomacy ends tactlessness begins….
    Crooked ways for Crooked People of NO principle!
    “Crooked men walking along the long
    Crooked road in a
    Crooked darkness, the
    Crooked Country of the World of
    Crooked beliefs , cultures & traditions run by
    Crooked greedy leaders of all time with
    Crooked mind & worst of intentions over disputed very small islands
    Crooked over reach  EEZ limits by UNCLOS but disregarded for
    Crooked goal aimed only to grab, own & occupy by un-reasonable
    Crooked undue show of force, intimidations, confrontations are but
    Crooked infrustructures,  an act of aggression that could trigger
    Crooked greater crisis, tensions & hostility over
    Crooked heated discussion that could ignite & create un-wanted forced to defend in case of the
    Crooked World War III to the effect annihilation of all concerned allied Nations to
    Crooked no win but all loss situations that ends & devastates the  
    Crooked lives of ours, theirs, and everybody’s on this because of the
    Crooked greedy Humans’ desires!


    • PurpleDaisy13

      Sorry Ragdeleafar. 

      Islands that are not a sovereignty of a coastal State are not subject to EZZ of the UNCLOS rules. 

      And that includes Scarborough Shoal, an island that exhibits several regions of earth that remain above water during high tide.

  • Estee Muri

    Ano  pa nga ba   ang attitude nitong mga  Chinese na ito . They  think a very communistic way.
    No wonder  there are no  Voices  or demonstrators from University of the Philippines  at Ted Casino and those leftist in the Philippine Government   and voiced out…… DAHIL ANG MGA IYAN ,HAVE THE SAME IDEOLOGY   of  A COMMUNIST GOVERNMENT.. mGA MATALINO kuno  ang mga taga  U.P.   na iyan pero   MGA kUMMUNISTA ANG MGA IYAN.

  • okabato

    China is keeping up with its style of islands grabbing 600 miles away from its shore by just giving the islands chinese names and presto the islands are theirs . We can only get back those islands that belong to us through war and that’s the only way, no war no recovery.

    • PurpleDaisy13

      re: “through war and that’s the only way”

      You’re brilliant okabato…show the world that Filipinos in the Philippines are NOT “duwag”.

      Philippines is the 3rd most powerful military in the world*.  China is just a 3rd world country with just 128 patrol boats with 10 more that might be given for free from Japan in 2014*.

      Declare war now and attack all Chinese ships okabato.

      (* = fallacious)

  • joboni96

    u.s. must stop recolonizing – pilipinos

    you have done enough too much damage
    on us

    stop using the philippines as your base
    in your war with intsik switik

    be a man and
    exchange icbm’s with each other

    not in our territory

    • sh1seadad

      It doesn’t sound like you know what an ICBM is

  • Jojo

    china is a bully nation they did not listen to anyone …all we have to make 2 stop them is TORPEDO all their ships!!!

    • PurpleDaisy13

      re: “all we have to make 2 stop them is TORPEDO all their ships!!!”

      Don’t hesitate jojo, do it now. Don’t be a dumb “duwag”.

      • birol

        I can forsee, kapag lumala ang sitwasyon sa pagitan ng china at japan at nagkaputukan na, ito na ang simula ng pagbulusok ng ekonomiya at military power ng china. Japan + allied countries (approximately the world) against china. Madali na mapapahina ng allied countries ang lakas ng china. Unang pupintiryahin sa china ang ekonomiya. Susunod dito ang pag-aaklas ng mga chinese citizen against their government for a change to democracy. At maaari pa mahati ang china sa 3 o mahigit na bansa.

      • PurpleDaisy13

        birol, forget about your crystal ball made in China…you can’t predict the future.

        Jojo says “all we have to make 2 stop them is TORPEDO all their ships!!!”

        Don’t hesitate birol, do it now. Don’t be a dumb “duwag” like jojo.

      • birol

        Hindi nman talaga ako maghuhula, pero ito ang malamang na mangyari sa china. Kapag nagpatuloy ang china sa pag-angkin sa mga teritoryo na malapit sa ibang bansa sa bagong panahon na ito, mahahati ang china at hindi na china ang itatawag sa mga bansa na ito.

        Alama mo ba na kaya ginawa ang UNCLOS ay para maprotektahan ang maliliit na bansa laban sa mga malalaking bansa sa pag-angkin ng mga resorses na malapit sa kanila. Ito na ngayon ang sample na ngyayari ngayon. 9-dash line versus EEZ ng Pilipinas. Hindi mo rin ba nakita na kahit ang coordinates na sakop ng treaty of Paris ay sinakop ng 9 dsah line.

  • bilango71

    China is looking for trouble….and surely she will find it!   I believe that there is some guys in China who is making pronouncements without considering its reprecussion. China, tapos na ang Age of Conquest. Age of Technology na!  Things should be resolved through negotiations. 

  • CommonSens6

    Purple Daisy, this discussion is aimed to get consensus from PDI readers which is a Filipino paper on how they feel about recent issues in the hope they are listened to by the powers may be in the Philippine government and something comes of it. You’re arguments are brilliant but it does not make an iota of difference or contribute to as what will be decided and what lays in the future for Philippines or China for that matter. Cheers!

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