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Band of brothers sets tone (3)

By Li Xiaokun and Zhao Shengnan  (China Daily)

08:42, October 30, 2012

"The military relationship between China and the US developed smoothly this year," Yang said.

Lu Yin, a researcher with the Strategic Research Institute at the National Defense University of the PLA, said that "bilateral military relations have been raised from their low".

Sun Zhe, director of the Center for China-US Relations at Tsinghua University, said despite the improvement in military relations, chronic problems - US arms sales to Taiwan, US military surveillance close to China's coast and US regulations prohibiting certain military exchanges with China - still exist.

"The ties will not be healthy as long as the US keeps provoking China on these issues, on which Beijing will never compromise," he said.

"But recently we found Washington has become more rational in handling these issues to avoid flaring up regional tension in Asia," he added.

Japan's NHK television on Saturday said Tokyo has decided to cancel a planned island retaking drill with the US in November, in the aftermath of China-Japan dispute over the Diaoyu Islands.

Su Hao, a professor of security affairs at China Foreign Affairs University, said Washington's efforts to deepen military exchanges with Beijing are not just for smoother relations but are also targeted at "learning more about the intention and capability of the PLA and to deter Beijing when necessary".


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