Chinese DM meets senior U.S. diplomat on sidelines of security summit

09:44, June 05, 2011      

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Chinese Minister of Defense Liang Guanglie (R) meets with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg during the 10th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Asian Security Summit: Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, on June 4, 2011.(Xinhua/Then Chih Wey)

Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Liang Guanglie and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg met on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue here on Saturday.

They discussed bilateral relations, relations between the two militaries and other topics of mutual concern.

Liang said Chinese President Hu Jintao reached an important consensus with his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama on his visit to the United States in early 2011 on building a cooperative partnership of mutual respect and mutual benefit, setting a clear direction for the development of relations between the two countries and between their militaries.

To adapt to the ongoing complex and deep changes in the international and regional security situation and to keep the relations between the two militaries on a track of healthy and stable development, both China and the United States should establish and stick to policies that are conducive to the development of the relations between their militaries, Liang said.

It is also necessary for both sides to sincerely regard each other as cooperation partners, but not opponents, he said.

They should also take it as truly important to boost practical cooperation in defense and security, and gradually boost dialogue under various mechanisms, enhance exchanges in professional areas and the cooperation in non-traditional areas such as humanitarian rescue and relief and anti-piracy, Liang said.

Steinberg said that it is impossible for any country to address international challenges alone at a time of ever growing interaction and links among countries.

The United States and China share great potentials in bilateral cooperation, which is also of vital importance, he said.

China is playing an increasingly important role in the international community, and this is beneficial to not only the Chinese people, but also the people of all other countries in the world, Steinberg said.

Steinberg highlighted the great importance of building mutual trust between the United States and China, saying they should work together to push for mutual trust on government level, in defense areas and between the two peoples.

The two sides should enhance dialogues so as to know each other better, find innovative solutions to the existing challenges and barriers in relations between the two militaries and constantly make efforts to push forward the practical cooperation between the two militaries.

Both Liang and Steinberg were in Singapore for the 10th Asian Security Summit organized by the London-based think tank International Institute for Strategic Studies, a regional security forum also known as the Shangri-La Dialogue. Liang held a bilateral meeting with U.S. Secretary for Defense Robert Gates on Friday.

Source: Xinhua

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