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China demands US 'dispel obstacles' to military relations, stop slander

Iran Press TV

Thu Sep 27, 2018 04:20PM

China has urged the United States to "dispel obstacles" in the way of improving military relations and to stop slandering the country amid souring tensions in bilateral ties over a range of issues, including trade tariffs and US President Donald Trump's claims of Beijing's interference in the upcoming US mid-term elections.

Back in April, Trump initiated what is effectively an all-out trade war with China after he first imposed unusually heavy duties on a wide range of imports from China, a move that infuriated Beijing and prompted it to take a tit-for-tat action by levying tariffs on American goods.

Furthermore, Washington imposed an array of sanctions on the Chinese military over Beijing's decision to purchase 10 Russian SU-35 fighter jets in 2017 as well as S-400 surface-to-air missile system-related equipment in 2018.

The move angered China, which said that the purchases were a normal act of cooperation between two sovereign countries and the US had "no right to interfere."

China also said that its military reserved the right to take further countermeasures against the latest US-imposed sanctions on the Equipment Development Department (EED) – a branch of the Chinese military responsible for weapons procurement.

China has the world's largest standing army and has been engaged in a modernization program that reportedly includes investment in technology as well as new equipment such as stealth jet fighters and aircraft carriers.

"The United States is to blame for the present problem, so the United States must immediately correct its mistakes, and withdraw the so-called sanctions to dispel obstacles that interfere in the healthy development of relations between the two militaries," said Defense Ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang at a monthly briefing in the capital Beijing on Thursday, hinting a planned visit to the US later this year by Defense Minister Wei Fenghe could be in doubt.

Meanwhile, China lambasted the US for recently flying a group of B-52 long-range strategic bombers over the South and East China Seas, two disputed waterways over which Beijing claims historical sovereignty, calling the move a "provocative action."

"The United States is to blame for the present problem, so the United States must immediately correct its mistakes, and withdraw the so-called sanctions to dispel obstacles that interfere in the healthy development of relations between the two militaries," said Defense Ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang at a monthly briefing in the capital Beijing on Thursday, hinting a planned visit to the US later this year by Defense Minister Wei Fenghe could be in doubt.

Meanwhile, China lambasted the US for recently flying a group of B-52 long-range strategic bombers over the South and East China Seas, two disputed waterways over which Beijing claims historical sovereignty, calling the move a "provocative action."



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