China on Tuesday gave a cautious response to the trilateral talks between India, US and Japan held in New Delhi on Monday, saying that Beijing hopes that relevant countries will do more for regional peace and stability.
Officials from the three countries had met in New Delhi to enhance cooperation on issues like maritime security and combating piracy.
When asked for a reaction to the talks, foreign ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said that China has always maintained that all countries should cooperate, promote common development and realise common security on the basis of equality, mutual trust and collaboration, he said.
"It is in the interests of all countries in the region," Hong said.
Beijing is currently locked in an ongoing dispute with Tokyo for the Diayou (Senkaku in Japanese) islands in the East China sea; early on Tuesday, Chinese maritime surveillance ships confronted Japanese ships in the waters near the island and, as per state media, “expelled” them.
Beijing has also said that the US is trying to control China’s growth and influence by meddling in regional affairs.
If the foreign ministry was guarded in its response, state-run Global Times newspaper dismissed the talks, saying China has seen “many such talks piling up.”
Japan is causing problems for China, but it is not the country's foremost worry. China has some hopes of carrying out strategic cooperation with India. If Asia falls into chaos because of how to deal with China, the result will be good for nobody,” the commentary in the newspaper said.
It added: “The US is trying to ensnare China in the Asia-Pacific region. Sometimes China thinks this not worthy of attention, but it must occasionally worry about this net, as its future development is uncertain. Senior US diplomats guard against China through various multilateral platforms, forcing China into taking measures to deal with these situations. It's hard to say what end such a game will lead to.”
“In recent years, China has seen many such dialogues piling up. In fact, their practical value is very low even if they somehow target China. China's rise is a tortuous process and the US by itself has found no ways to counter it, either alone or with other countries,” it said.