China says committed to peace as carrier passes near Taiwan

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/01/11
By: Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press, Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) — China said Wednesday it was committed to promoting peace and stability in Asia, even

FILE – In this Feb. 27, 2013 file photo released by China’s Xinhua news agency, China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, is anchored in the northern port in Qingdao, east China’s Shandong Province. Taiwan’s defense ministry said China’s sole aircraft carrier on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 was transiting the Taiwan Strait amid heightened tensions between the mainland and self-governing island it claims as its own territory. (Wu Dengfeng/Xinhua via AP, File)

as it sent an aircraft carrier battle group through the Taiwan Strait amid heightened tensions between Beijing and the self-ruled island.

The statement in the preface to a Cabinet report on China’s policies on Asia-Pacific security cooperation follows heated criticism from the U.S., Japan and others over Beijing’s increasingly robust assertions of its maritime claims, particularly in the South China Sea.

The report made no direct reference to such concerns while casting Beijing as a force for economic development and conflict reduction.

“China is committed to promoting peace and stability in this region. It follows the path of peaceful development and the mutually beneficial strategy of opening up,” the report said.    [FULL  STORY]

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