Senior defense officials voice views on major issues in Asia-Pacific (2)

17:49, June 06, 2010      

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According to the U.S.-China joint communique of Aug. 17, 1982, the U.S. stated in the communique its intention to gradually reduce the level of arms sales to Taiwan, the quality and quantity of the arms sales to Taiwan will not exceed the previous level, and will eventually figure out ways to resolve the issue.

Ma said that the arms sales issue concerns about strategic mutual trust, political foundation of bilateral cooperation, as well as the commitment to the responsibility of the communique, adding that the U.S.' neglect of its responsibilities has undoubtedly affected the cooperation between the two militaries.

There are some main obstacles in the development of bilateral military relations, such as the U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, frequent reconnaissance by the U.S. naval ships and aircraft in the waters and airspace of China's exclusive economic zones, according to Ma.

"So the barrier between U.S.-China military relations is not built by China." Ma stressed.

Actually, Ma said, the communication between the two militaries has not been suspended as claimed by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the exchanges only paused in certain areas such as high level visits, but the two sides still exchange views in other areas which we think are important.

The Korea Peninsula security, or the sinking of South Korean naval ship and the nuclear security issue, is another major concern of participants at the summit.

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