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China reacts to new US military base in Australia

(People's Daily Online)

15:32, November 21, 2011

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin at a daily briefing in Beijing on Nov. 17, 2011.

Beijing, Nov.21 (People's Daily Online) -- China reacted to America's move to expand its military presence in the Asia-Pacific region, saying that one should consider other regional countries' interests when developing ties in that region.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin on Nov. 17 responded to a question at a briefing on US President Barack Obama's recent announcement of the new military agreement between the U.S. and Australia.

"When developing state-to-state relations, one should take into account the interests of other countries as well as the whole region, and peace and stability of the region," said Liu.

The military agreement provides that the U.S. will expand its military presence in Australia by positioning more US military personnel and equipment. Starting next year, a total of 2,500 U.S. military personnel and staff will be stationed in northern Australia over the next few years.

It will be American's first long-term military expansion in the region since the Vietnam War.

When asking about whether the military agreement will affect the China-US and China-Australia relationships, Liu responded: "China has been actively promoting peaceful development and cooperative relationships with other countries."

"We think we should further deepen and enhance the cooperation between China and the United States, as well as China and Australia, because it is not only in the interests of our three countries, but of all countries in the region." (Li Zhenyu)

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PD User at 2011-12-01175.141.49.*
Let you see a Chinese view on Obama.http://www.bearcanada.com/china/letter01.htmlDo not pretend, we know who you are.
PD User at 2011-11-2972.220.40.*
Don"t you chinaman realize by now that America can completely destroy the PLAN and PLAF within 24 hours without notices? so stop trash talk about America, you shitty middle kingdom is no match compare to One nation Under God of America.
PD User at 2011-11-2998.207.151.*
The "world"s policeman" has not learned her lessons. Stop messing around with others. Don"t you know "the emperor has no clothes?"
PD User at 2011-11-2849.244.6.*
what US decided to deploy military in Australia maybe to save the countries who on behalf of peace. it is right decision taking by US. US must chek China in Pacific region.
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