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Xi puts military ties in the spotlight

By Wu Jiao, Chen Weihua and Zhou Wa (China Daily)

08:12, February 16, 2012

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping addresses a welcoming luncheon hosted by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and the U.S.-China Business Council in Washington, the United States, Feb. 15, 2012. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)

WASHINGTON / BEIJING - Vice-President Xi Jinping called for an expansion of military ties with the United States amid tension over Washington building up its military presence in the Asia-Pacific region.

During discussions on Tuesday with US officials, Xi also urged Washington to abandon trade protectionism and respect China's fundamental interests.

Meeting US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Xi said military ties are an important part of the relationship.

Xi urged defense officials from the two countries to enhance dialogue, cultivate trust and accommodate major concerns to establish a mature military relationship.

Military ties between China and the US can suffer turbulence, especially when the US insists on arms sale to Taiwan.

US efforts to enhance its military presence in the Asia-Pacific, as well as frequently holding military drills with its allies, has added to tension between the two countries.

During Tuesday's meeting, US military officials said they want to enhance ties with China.

"The US and China are Pacific powers ... we want to work with China to build an open, transparent and inclusive regional security order," Panetta said.

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From Okinawa at 2012-02-2018.113.2.*
US stealth spy planes fly all over China and China talk about military tie?China should shot down US spy planes now.
Nic at 2012-02-19110.159.29.*
In 1960"s there was a book, "The Ugly American". I have never read the book but going by the happening recently of American killing, torturing and pissing on the dead and pointing finger out only and talk about human rights, I do not need to read the book and guess the content.Will American ever changed? Hypocrites!
PD User at 2012-02-19144.132.101.*
It looks like the Yanks are saying that China should behave like the US, that is "A Big Bully". Then China will get respect. Unfortunately Chinese are not "gunslinger"
Janathan in Canada at 2012-02-18140.247.225.*
Temujin: "respect international law"?? What you talking about? US is violating international law every single day, such invade Iraq without UN approval, send it"s special force INSIDE Pakistan almost every week. US has no moral standing to lecture China on how to respect international law!
WJLung at 2012-02-17114.76.49.*
An excellent display of diplomacy and co-operative spirit from Mr Xi. Rational, calm and friendly.

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