Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

In the United States Department of Defense on February 14, visiting the United States Vice President Xi Jinping met with Defense Secretary Panetta, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Dempsey and U.S. defense departments and military officials, which is the past 10 years, the national leadership first visit to the Pentagon. During the meeting, Xi Jinping stressed is important and positive role in building a healthy and stable and mature military relations on the development of Sino-US relations, and expressed the Chinese side attaches great importance to the development of military relations and sincere intention.
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Xi Jinping’s visit is an important measure to implement the two heads of state consensus, is the beginning of this year to comprehensively advance bilateral relations, a major diplomatic, the two sides from a strategic and global perspective to examine the relations between the two armies the status quo, planning the future direction of development of military relations. A mature and stable relations between countries, need to be a mature and stable military relations support. Mature healthy and stable Sino-US military relations not only conforms to the common interests of both China and the United States, but also conducive to peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region and the world. From the overall situation of Sino-US relations, planning and promoting the development of military relations between China a consistent policy choice. Years of practice, mutual trust is an important prerequisite for healthy and stable development of Sino-US military relations.

Enhance mutual trust, comprehensive and accurate understanding of each other’s strategic intentions. China and the United States should transcend differences in ideology and stereotypes, objective and balanced view of each other’s development. China will unswervingly follow the road of peaceful development, China’s development is an opportunity rather than challenge the United States. China firmly pursues a defensive national defense policy, has no intention of also pose a threat to the United States.

Enhance mutual trust, the need to constantly consolidate and expand the common interests of both sides. Asia-Pacific region is the most concentrated areas of Sino-US common interests and broad Pacific has provided a broad space for China-US cooperation. At present, the common interests of the Chinese and U.S. militaries in counter-terrorism, nonproliferation, anti-piracy, humanitarian relief and reduction and other non-traditional security fields is increasing, but also in maintaining regional peace and stability and properly handle the international hotspot issues and also have more and more the interests of the intersection. Background of peaceful development is the theme of the times, the two sides should constantly expand common interests, rather than artificially prominent military security agenda, damage trust.

Enhance mutual trust, respect and care for each other’s core interests and major concerns. Safeguard the fundamental interests of the State should be the duty of any national army. Only related to each other’s core interests and major concerns on the issue truly reflects the mutual respect and the development of military relations with dynamism and vitality.

Enhance mutual trust also requires both sides to properly handle differences and sensitive issues. China and the United States are great countries, the Chinese and U.S. militaries are shouldering the important responsibility of safeguarding world and regional peace. Reduce differences, and to eliminate friction, control risk, and U.S. militaries can really do for world peace and development contribution. China is looking forward to the United States can meet each other halfway, sincerity and take concrete actions to effectively reduce and eliminate the obstacles and difficulties in the cooperation of military exchanges, promote the stable development of relations between the two militaries.

We are at a historic moment, nurture and enhance mutual trust between the two armies of China and the United States to rational choice, is also their bounden responsibility. A short step, resulting in thousands of miles. Sino-US military to comply with the consensus of the two heads of state on the development of bilateral military relations, to the Vice-President Xi’s successful visit as an opportunity, in line with the principle of understanding, enhance mutual trust, to write a friendly Sino-US military the main theme. (Qian Lihua of this special commentator, the Ministry of National Defense Foreign Affairs Office, Major-General)

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