US Pacific chief warns of more Japan China tension
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific says the tensions between China and Japan are likely to grow unless they talk to each other.
The two Asian powers are at loggerheads over remote islands that are administered by Japan but also claimed by China.
Adm. Samuel Locklear tells reporters Thursday, quote, "the risk calculation can grow" when two large powers have a disagreement but aren't talking to each other.
Locklear says the U.S. has to continue to encourage restraint and professionalism by the two nations' maritime security forces as they operate around the contested islands, and also hope for a diplomatic dialogue.
Washington's treaty obligations to its ally Japan mean that it could be drawn into a conflict.