By Siqi Gao
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi have said their countries will co-operate on Asia issues.
They are meeting on the sidelines of the Asean forum in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, amid regional tension.
Mrs Clinton stressed the importance of China and the US working together on sensitive issues.
“I am delighted that we are going to be issuing a joint media note,” she told the meeting in Phnom Penh. ”It is an important signal that the United States and China not only can but will work together in Asia.”
Mr Yang told reporters China was ready to ”enhance” dialogue with the US and ”expand… common ground”.
“China and US relations have continued to make progress this year,” he said.
China and Japan disagree over who owns islands in the East China Sea. Known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, the uninhabited but resource-rich islands are controlled by Japan, but also claimed by China and Taiwan.
Also in the South China Sea, China has overlapping territorial claims with several ASEAN members – the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei. ASEAN is seeking China’s agreement on a code of conduct on disputes in the potentially oil-rich South China Sea.
The US has no territorial claims in the region and will not ”take sides” in disputes, Mrs. Clinton stressed.
“But we do have an interest in freedom of navigation, the maintenance of peace and stability, respect for international law and unimpeded lawful commerce in the South China Sea.”
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