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China: Responds to US-Philippines pact

(Beijing) A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman has said China and the United States have extensive common interests in the Asia-Pacific region, urging the US side to promote mutual trust in the region.

The statement came following the announcement of a 10-year defense pact signed between the US and the Philippines on Monday.

The deal, which was signed during President Barack Obama’s trip to the Philippines, gives American forces temporary access to selected military camps and allows them to base fighter jets and ships in the Philippines.

Addressing a press briefing on Monday, Obama stressed the pact was aimed at promoting regional security and not to counter China’s rise in the region. He said Washington hoped to work cooperatively with China.

In response, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Qin Gang said that China and the United States should respect each other, enhance cooperation and make joint efforts with other countries to promote regional peace, stability and prosperity.

He added that China would keep an eye on US words and deeds.

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