01 Jun '11, 1am

US seeks to work with China in SE Asia

WASHINGTON - THE United States wants to work more closely with China in South-east Asia despite the two powers' competition for influence in the region, a top US official said on Tuesday. The United States irked China last year by asserting that Washington had a national security interest in the peaceful resolution of territorial disputes in the South China Sea. China has competing claims with several nations and territories in those resource-rich waters but rejects outside interference, maintaining the disputes should be handled bilaterally. The top US diplomat for east Asia, Kurt Campbell, played down differences with China on Tuesday and said the US this year will seek to deepen cooperation, although he offered no specifics. 'Obviously there's a degree of competition in any relationship, and there is that between the United States and China, but we want to make sure tha...

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