China urges US to correct its mistakes in developing bilateral military ties
By Global Times Published: Sep 30, 2021 09:06 PM
China said on Thursday that the US is accountable for the current difficult situation and challenges the Chinese and US militaries have been facing and urged the US to have the courage to correct its mistakes in order to address the issue of improving bilateral ties.
Wu Qian, a spokesperson of China's Ministry of National Defense, said at a press conference on Thursday that China's principle of developing military ties with the US is that China's sovereignty, dignity and core interests are not to be infringed upon.
Military ties between China and the US are an important part of bilateral relations, Wu said, adding that the two militaries have maintained contacts despite constant US provocations and containment against China that have led to difficulties and challenges to the relations between the two militaries.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, leaders from the Office for International Military Cooperation of the Central Military Commission and US deputy assistant secretary of defense for China held a video conference to co-host the 16th China-US Defense Policy Coordination Talks.
According to US Defense Department, the meeting is "an important component" of the Biden administration's ongoing efforts to "responsibly manage the competition" between the US and China by "maintaining open lines of communication" with China.
On August 19, the Office for International Military Cooperation of the Central Military Commission and US deputy assistant secretary of defense for China also spoke virtually
During the two virtual meetings, the two sides exchanged views thoroughly on military ties of the two countries and matters of mutual concerns, said Wu.
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