U.S. Vice President Joe Biden should not expect to make much progress in defusing tensions over the East China Sea if repeats “erroneous and one-sided remarks” on the issue during a visit to China, a top state-run paper said on Wednesday.
Biden, who arrived in Beijing on Wednesday, is scheduled to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping and Vice President Li Yuanchao later in the day. He flies to Seoul on Thursday.
But he “should not expect any substantial headway if he comes simply to repeat his government’s previous erroneous and one-sided remarks”, the official English-language China Daily, often used by China to get its message across to the outside world, said in a strongly worded editorial.
“If the U.S. is truly committed to lowering tensions in the region, it must first stop acquiescing to Tokyo’s dangerous brinkmanship. It must stop emboldening belligerent Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to constantly push the envelope of Japan’s encroachments and provocations.”