Tuesday, January 31, 2012

China calls for calm after Philippine offer to US

China on Sunday called for greater efforts towards "peace and stability" in the region, after the Philippines offered to allow more US troops on its territory.

Manila said Friday it planned to hold more joint exercises and to let more US troops rotate through the Southeast Asian country -- an offer welcomed by the United States as it seeks to expand its military power in Asia.

"We hope that relevant parties will make more effort towards peace and stability in the region," China's foreign ministry said in a brief statement faxed to AFP.

The government's response was in sharp contrast to a blistering editorial in the Global Times -- known for its nationalistic stance -- which said Beijing should impose sanctions against the Philippines over the move. Read More