After sea incident, China praises ties with US

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Associated Press

Posted on December 18, 2013 at 4:02 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 18 at 4:36 AM

BEIJING (AP) — China says military relations with the United States face a rosy outlook, in an apparent attempt to contain damage from a recent confrontation between the countries' navies in the South China Sea.

A Defense Ministry statement issued Wednesday says the sides discussed the Dec. 5 incident through normal channels and carried out effective communication.

It says military ties enjoy excellent prospects for development, and that both sides are willing to boost communication, coordinate closely, and work for regional peace and stability.

In its first official comment on the incident, the ministry offered no further details except to say the Chinese amphibious ship involved had been conducting a regular patrol. The U.S. Pacific Fleet has said the cruiser USS Cowpens maneuvered to avoid a collision while operating in international waters.

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