28 Feb '12, 7pm

US commander: China friction ebbing | AFP

A top US commander said Tuesday that China has been entering fewer confrontations with its neighbors as he credited a firm line by Washington and its allies with changing Beijing's thinking. President Barack Obama's administration has put a growing focus on Asia, stepping up trade ties and moving to maintain the strength of US forces in the region despite overall cuts to the military budget. But Admiral Robert Willard, the outgoing head of the US Pacific Command which covers Asia, offered conciliatory words toward China in an appearance before Congress, saying that Beijing's rise was in the US interest. "We've seen fewer confrontations in 2012 than we did in previous years. 2010 was quite landmark in terms of the confrontations" in the South China Sea, Willard told the Senate Armed Services Committee. Willard said that China -- whose military spending has been sharply risi...

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