China's envoy suggested a trilateral meeting with India and Pakistan, but India appears to have shot down the idea.
China is concentrating its defenses in the west, where a recent border dispute with India has threatened to spark a new crisis in Asia.
The largest army in the world is readying for a "potential crisis."
China and India also denied reports that 158 Indian troops were killed during recent Chinese military action in the tense border dispute.
A deal with French President François Hollande for 36 combat aircraft has upset home-grown planemakers.