Sunday, October 6, 2013
“Establishing rules by law is fundamental for economic growth” in the region, Kishida told the participants, who included Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong.
The remarks come after Kishida, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop voiced concern about China’s maritime assertiveness during trilateral talks Friday on the sidelines of the APEC meeting.
In a joint statement released after their discussions, the three stressed that they “opposed any coercive or unilateral actions that could change the status quo in the East China Sea,” without directly naming China.
The statement further noted “the importance of efforts to reduce tensions and to avoid miscalculations or accidents in the East China Sea, including by improving marine communications.”
Tensions between Japan and China have soared over the past year following Tokyo’s effective nationalization of the Senkaku Islands, which China and Taiwan also claim, in the East China Sea. China is further involved in territorial disputes in the South China Sea with various Southeast Asian countries.
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Comment: Looks like old "Lurch" needs a vacation, oh wait, he's at a five star resort in exotic Bali having a meeting (can you say partying) with the "in crowd" (world leaders) and all of this is being paid for by the rest of us! If only the rest of our lives sucked that bad!!!