BEIJING, July 16 (ChinaMil) -- Yang Jiechi, state councilor of the People's Republic of China (PRC), met with Chuck Hagel, secretary of defense of the United States, on July 12, 2013 at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Yang Jiechi expressed that the Chinese side is willing to make joint efforts with the U.S. side to further strengthen contacts between the two militaries, enhance mutual strategic trust and avoid misunderstanding and misjudgment, according to the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Yang Jiechi noted that the heads of state of China and the U.S. held a historical meeting last month, during which the two sides achieved an important consensus on jointly establishing a new-type relationship between the two major countries based on the principle of mutual respect and win-win cooperation. It is hoped that the two sides will strengthen dialogues and cooperation in various fields and properly handle differences and frictions in accordance with the direction determined by the two heads of the two states, so as to constantly push forward the development of the relations between the two countries.
Yang Jiechi also said that it is not only in the fundamental interests of the two countries but also widespread expectation of the international community for the two countries to seek closer cooperation. The fifth round of the China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogues (S&EDs) focused on an in-depth discussion on implementing the consensus reached by the heads of the two states, and achieved fruitful results, including agreeing to actively explore and work out the mechanism for mutual notification of major events of the two militaries and further researching into the issues concerning rules of conduct on maritime and air military safety of the two countries. The Chinese side is willing to make joint efforts with the U.S. side to further strengthen contacts between the two militaries, enhance mutual strategic trust and avoid misunderstanding and misjudgment.
Hagel expressed that the U.S.-China relations have a bearing on the future of the world. The heads of the two states have reached an important consensus on jointly establishing a new-type relationship between the two major countries and also issued important instructions on the relations between the two militaries. The U.S. side will earnestly implement the consensus achieved by the heads of the two states, and based on the fifth round of U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogues, constantly deepen dialogues, contacts and cooperation in military fields and deepen mutual understanding and trust with the Chinese side, so as to constantly push forward the development of the relations between the two militaries.
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