The Pentagon invited China to join the next Rim of the Pacific Exercise in 2014, in a bid to lessen Beijing's concerns about the US' Asia-Pacific strategy as that country's defense chief kicked off his first visit to China.
China told Japan and the US on Tuesday that it hopes the Diaoyu Islands issue can be resolved peacefully but Beijing reserves the right to "take further action".Japan's 'purchase' of Diaoyu to damage trade
US invitation to enhance trust
Washington has repeatedly said it will remain neutral in the territorial disputes between China and other Asian countries, but the implementation of this policy is ambiguous.US 'will not take sides over islands'
US Ambassador to China Gary Locke re-emphasized the US' neutral stance on the territorial disputes in both the East China Sea and South China Sea.Dispute 'will hurt economic ties' Diaoyu Islands cannot be bought Chinese federations voice indignationSpecial coverage