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U.S., China seek good, uninterrupted military-to-military relations: commander


08:14, May 18, 2012

WASHINGTON, May 17 (Xinhua) -- Chinese and American officials recognize the importance of maintaining good, uninterrupted military-to-military relations, and the U.S. Pacific Command will do whatever it can to further that goal, commander Samuel Locklear was quoted as saying Thursday.

"They (China) are an emerging power, and we are a mature power. How they emerge, and how we encourage them will be an important key to both China and the United States," Locklear told the American Forces Press Service in an interview.

Having better military-to-military communications will allow both the U.S. and China to understand each other, which is "for the good of the global security environment," he said.

Military-to-military contacts are one way to build trust between the nations, so when things happen, the commanders can reach out to one another. Sometimes it's impossible for capitals to talk to each other, but commanders with these types of contacts can calm things down a bit, Locklear said.

On his recent visit to China, Locklear said that he was encouraged by the progress made on promoting the U.S.-China military-to-military relations despite some differences. "I'm hopeful that we can continue to have a dialogue and just talk together," the commander said.

Although the two sides don't agree on everything, "I do believe we should not allow those disagreements prevent us from understanding each other in the places that we can, and allow us to control our appetite for disagreement," he said.

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