The Navy's new commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet is sounding a conciliatory note toward China on the last stop of a three-country Asian tour.

Adm. Scott Swift said in Tokyo on Tuesday that the U.S. and China have much more in common than in competition.

The two countries have been engaged in a verbal war over China's land reclamation and construction activity on disputed reefs in the South China Sea.

Swift told reporters that progress is being made on the U.S.-China relationship, but that the friction often overshadows it.

He assumed command of the Pacific Fleet in late May. He visited the Philippines and South Korea before Japan.