Onus on US to keep military ties stable: China
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Last Updated: Friday, October 23, 2009, 20:43
  
Beijing: China said on Friday the onus was on the United States to keep defence ties between the nations stable, state media reported, as its second-ranking military officer prepared to travel to Washington.

Qian Lihua, Defence Ministry spokesman, said that after the new US administration came to power, US officials recognised the importance of maintaining and developing military ties, the official China News Service said.

"But the key to whether this momentum can be maintained long-term and in a stable fashion lies in whether the United States can really respect China's core interests and concerns," Qian was quoted as saying.

It also lies in whether Washington can "properly handle a series of important issues in bilateral relations, including the Taiwan issue, and firm up the political foundation of the development of military ties," he added.

General Xu Caihou, vice chairman of China's central military commission, is to hold high-level meetings in the United States from October 24-31, and visit military commands and bases across the country.

Military relations between the two nations have been strained in recent years.

China is in the midst of a drive to modernise its armed forces and has announced large military budget increases in recent years, prompting US officials to question Beijing's intentions.

Bureau Report


First Published: Friday, October 23, 2009, 20:43


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