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spokesman Mark Toner on Wed­nes­day de­scribed sanc­tions as one of the most ef­fec­tive tools against North Korea, some­thing China has a dif­fer­ent view of. The im­pov­er­ished Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Re­pub­lic of Korea is al­ready one of the most sanc­tioned na­tions in the world.

Toner said China and the US agree that the way for­ward is through the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil. “We will con­tinue to work with China on that,” he said.

Speak­ing on Wed­nes­day at the Cen­ter on Strate­gic and In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies in Wash­ing­ton, Harry Har­ris, com­man­der of the US Pa­cific Com­mand (PA­COM), blamed the Chi­nese ac­tiv­i­ties of land recla­ma­tion for in­creas­ing ten­sions in the South China Sea. But Har­ris noted that the Chi­nese have a dif­fer­ent view, and he had ro­bust dis­cus­sions with his Chi­nese coun­ter­parts last Oc­to­ber dur­ing his visit to China.

Har­ris re­minded the au­di­ence that the Chi­nese mil­i­tary “has done pos­i­tive and good things glob­ally”, cit­ing the ex­am­ple of the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army in coun­ter­piracy op­er­a­tions, evac­u­a­tions from Ye­men, re­mov­ing chem­i­cal weapons from Syria, par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Rim of the Pa­cific (RIMPAC) naval drills and send­ing its large hos­pi­tal ship to the Philip­pines dur­ing Typhoon Haiyan in Novem­ber 2013.

“We didn’t send our hos­pi­tal ship,” he said.

Har­ris praised the Chi­nese for be­ing a “ter­rific host. They treated me with the great­est re­spect, and I look for­ward to con­tinue that di­a­logue with China,” he said.

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