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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