BEIJING: Scaling down its rhetoric on the South China Sea dispute amid growing tensions with the US, China today said it will not use force "recklessly" for resolving disputes and proposed joint defence drills with ASEAN countries to brace for unplanned and accidental military encounters at sea.
China always insists on resolving divergence and disputes through friendly negotiations with parties directly concerned and will try utmost to avoid unexpected conflicts, claimed Fan Changlong, the vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission (CMC).
"China has always advocated handling disputes by peaceful manners and will not use force recklessly even if it comes to issues related to territory and sovereignty," state run Xinhua news agency quoted Fan, one of the high ranking military officials, as saying while addressing the sixth Xiangshan Forum, a security forum modelled on Singapore's Shangri-La Dialogue.
Fan said China has settled land and border issues with a majority of neighbouring countries through consultation.
China has settled border disputes with 12 of its 14 neighbours except India and Bhutan.
Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan must join with India, Japan and US, then the dragon fire will be doused out.
It knows it is going to face a formidable combination which it cannot with stand
Slowly the dragon is getting cold feet
It's just a political reply..... They will continue their stance
China cannot be trusted. If it was sincere about not seeking conflict, it would not have accepted Indian territory in POK as a gift from Pakistan.
China, India, Japan, USA are agitating South Asia and South East Asia. They are all selfish, all looking after their economic interest and making smaller countries anxious
Why China wants to grab land from neighbours, that's the big question they have to answer
UNQUOTE : we shall use force in a planned manner as per need
God is great
China will step on a land mine one day...
China today said it will not use force "recklessly" for resolving disputes. IT SHOULD BE MORE LIKE CHINA DARE NOT use force recklessly for resolving disputes given the growing military might of other countries. China's 'assertiveness' appears to be taking a conciliatory tone finally. This may pave the way for a Win Win outcome.