People’s Daily published a commentary criticizing the statement that the U.S. State Department issued on August 3, 2012, on the South China Sea. It called the U.S. statement self-conflicting. It stated that the tactics the U.S. used were intended to drive a wedge between all the parties involved and to stir up trouble. It affirmed that China’s intention is to cooperate with all parties to peacefully promote stability and prosperity in the region. What China does not want is for U.S. to stir up trouble with ulterior motives.
(Editor: An AFP article describes the statement made by U.S. State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell on August 3, 2012. Ventrell said, for example, that China’s actions, "run counter to collaborative diplomatic efforts to resolve differences and risk further escalating tensions in the region …”)
Source: People’s Daily, August 4, 2012
AFP, August 4, 2012