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Wednesday, 12 September 2012 - 13:23
US urges "cooler heads" between Japan and China
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The United States called for calm between Japan and China after Beijing sent ships to disputed islands in the East China Sea in response to Tokyo's purchase of them.

Kurt Campbell, the assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs
echoing remarks this weekend by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the end of a tour of Asia, said that calm was critical because the region serves as a "cockpit of the global economy.

 
In line with repeated US statements, Campbell said that Washington did not take positions on the various and increasingly bitter territorial disputes around Asia.

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