China says both sides will lose from conflict with US

"Both will lose and both sides cannot afford that."

By: AFP | Sydney | Published: February 8, 2017 7:08 am
China US, US, China, China US ties, South China Sea, Rex Tillerson, Sean Spicer, US news, China news, world news Spicer last month said the US “is going to make sure we protect our interests” in the South China Sea while Tillerson said China’s access to the islands might be blocked. (Representational)

Beijing has played down the prospects of conflict with the United States over the South China Sea in the wake of aggressive rhetoric by Donald Trump’s administration, saying both sides would lose. Beijing asserts sovereignty over almost all of the resource-rich region despite rival claims from Southeast Asian neighbours and has rapidly built reefs into artificial islands capable of hosting military planes. The artificial islands are considered a potential flashpoint and recent comments from White House spokesman Sean Spicer and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have raised the temperature. But Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on a visit to Australia that war would benefit no-one.

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“For any sober-minded politician, they clearly recognise that there cannot be conflict between China and the United States,” he said in Canberra through an interpreter late yesterday, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.

“Both will lose and both sides cannot afford that.”

Spicer last month said the US “is going to make sure we protect our interests” in the South China Sea while Tillerson said China’s access to the islands might be blocked — raising the prospect of a military confrontation. Wang said the US-China relationship had defied “all sorts of difficulties” over decades and pointed to more recent statements by US Defence Secretary James Mattis that it was important to give priority to diplomatic efforts, ABC said.

After scheduled strategic dialogue talks with Wang, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Wednesday said Beijing was keen for a close relationship with the Trump government.

“Beijing certainly welcomes a deep engagement with the United States,” she told Sky News. “They are looking forward to an era of cooperation, they see opportunity with the new administration to deepen the connections and as he (Wang) said, the United States and China have too much to lose for there to be conflict between them.

“My impression was that China is looking forward to engaging positively with the United States,” she added. Under President Barack Obama’s administration, Washington insisted it was neutral on the question of sovereignty over the South China Sea islets, reefs and shoals.

But, while calling for the dispute to be resolved under international law, the US supported freedom of navigation by sending naval patrols through Chinese-claimed waters in a move supported by Canberra.

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    Arun
    Feb 8, 2017 at 4:23 am
    You were saying that you will come to Delhi in 2 days if a war happens now China says needs deep engagement and "For any sober-minded politician, they clearly recognise that there cannot be conflict between China and the United States" China should leave Tibet, South China Sea, POK first..US should pull back manufacturing from China.dia should reduce imports from China..
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      rkannan
      Feb 8, 2017 at 5:58 am
      The absence of war benefits only China while a war could be detrimental to both China and US.
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        Shekhar
        Feb 8, 2017 at 6:19 am
        whats wrong in the previous comment...why do you s keep the comments under moderation if they don't contain any wrong message or hatred or instigate ...what wrong with you...
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          An Indian
          Feb 8, 2017 at 6:45 am
          China's export of any product is increasing mainly because of Indians and their craze. For example, Indians has a policy to accept any thing, if it is cheaper, let it be poison. There are many people within India who are working as China's paid agents. Our people have not learned from our past mistakes. We lost to Mughals and various other groups just because of lack of self respect, and struggled for many many years. At least now should thin of changing.
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            VIJAY SINGH
            Feb 8, 2017 at 12:09 pm
            Chinese are afraid of US, and are therefore sounding like friendly to them.lt;br/gt;In reality, they are preparing themselves for an imminent war with US in next few months or years.
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