Japan-U.S. alliance should not go beyond bilateral scope: Chinese Foreign Ministry

08:10, June 24, 2011      

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China on Thursday said the Japan-U.S. alliance should not go beyond its bilateral scope.

"Japan-U.S.alliance is a bilateral arrangement created under special historical conditions and should not go beyond its bilateral scope," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a news briefing on Thursday.

Hong's comments came after a joint statement released by Japan and the United States calling for China to play a constructive role in regional stability.

The statement was issued following the "two-plus-two" talks between Japan and the United States, involving U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and their Japanese counterparts.

"We notice the related report," Hong said, stressing China has always been a staunch advocate for regional peace and stability and an active player in boosting regional mutually-beneficial cooperation.

Hong said China sticks to the path of peaceful development, pursues the defensive policy which is defensive in nature and is committed to developing friendly ties with all countries, especially neighboring countries.

"We expect related countries to respect this fact, take a responsible attitude, contribute more to regional peace and stability and promote mutual trust," Hong said.

Source: Xinhua
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