New Delhi: The US said China`s
aggressive posturing over territorial claims in the Pacific
and Indian Ocean regions was a matter of concern that America
shared with India.
"China seems to be asserting itself more and more with
respect to the kinds of territorial claims. They seem to be
taking a much more aggressive approach to the near-sea areas
recently....There is growing concern over it," US Joint Chiefs
of Staff Committee Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen told reporters
"In my perspective, we (the US) must work with India in
this regard as in my recent interactions with its leadership,
India too has expressed similar concerns," Mullen said after
his meeting with Indian leadership over improving bilateral
The US Admiral gave the example of recent public
statements by China about US Navy operating in the Yellow Sea.
Noting that the US Navy was in the international waters,
Mullen said despite such remarks by China, the US would
continue to operate in the international waters there.
Mullen said the US believed China was shifting focus from
land-centric to air and maritime capabilities.
"Fairly recently I have gone from being curious about
where China is headed to being concerned about it. One of the
characteristics that does not exist as far as China appears
militarily is transparency. In fact, there is opaqueness to it
that we continue to really scratch our heads about from a
military standpoint," he added.
Compared to relationship the US had with India, Mullen
said, his country had "virtually no relationship" with the
"If we have such relationship, we can agree on and
disagree on, and also we can learn from each other," he said.
Noting that Pacific and Indian Ocean regions were
critical to economic and trade activities, he said stability
in these two regions was absolutely vital.