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New commander of US Pacific Fleet strikes positive note on US-China relationship

  • Adm. Scott Swift, right, the new commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, speaks during a press conference in Tokyo Tuesday, July 21, 2015 during the last stop of a three-country Asian tour. The commander sounded a conciliatory note toward China. "We have much more in common than we do in competition," Swift told reporters. He added, though, that the Navy is ready to respond to any situation that might arise, if called upon by the American president. (AP Photo/Ken Moritsugu)

    Adm. Scott Swift, right, the new commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, speaks during a press conference in Tokyo Tuesday, July 21, 2015 during the last stop of a three-country Asian tour. The commander sounded a conciliatory note toward China. "We have much more in common than we do in competition," Swift told reporters. He added, though, that the Navy is ready to respond to any situation that might arise, if called upon by the American president. (AP Photo/Ken Moritsugu)  (The Associated Press)

  • Adm. Scott Swift, the new commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, speaks during a press conference in Tokyo Tuesday, July 21, 2015 during the last stop of a three-country Asian tour. The commander sounded a conciliatory note toward China. "We have much more in common than we do in competition," Swift told reporters. He added, though, that the Navy is ready to respond to any situation that might arise, if called upon by the American president. (AP Photo/Ken Moritsugu)

    Adm. Scott Swift, the new commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, speaks during a press conference in Tokyo Tuesday, July 21, 2015 during the last stop of a three-country Asian tour. The commander sounded a conciliatory note toward China. "We have much more in common than we do in competition," Swift told reporters. He added, though, that the Navy is ready to respond to any situation that might arise, if called upon by the American president. (AP Photo/Ken Moritsugu)  (The Associated Press)

  • Adm. Scott Swift, the new commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, arrives to hold a press conference in Tokyo Tuesday, July 21, 2015 during the last stop of a three-country Asian tour. The commander sounded a conciliatory note toward China. "We have much more in common than we do in competition," Swift told reporters. He added, though, that the Navy is ready to respond to any situation that might arise, if called upon by the American president. (AP Photo/Ken Moritsugu)

    Adm. Scott Swift, the new commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, arrives to hold a press conference in Tokyo Tuesday, July 21, 2015 during the last stop of a three-country Asian tour. The commander sounded a conciliatory note toward China. "We have much more in common than we do in competition," Swift told reporters. He added, though, that the Navy is ready to respond to any situation that might arise, if called upon by the American president. (AP Photo/Ken Moritsugu)  (The Associated Press)

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.