China's Defense Ministry says will not 'dance to the U.S. tune'
China will not dance to the U.S. tune or tolerate its reckless provocations, Wu Qian, spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense, said in a press briefing on Thursday.
Wu made the remarks as the two sides face the most complex situation since the establishment of diplomatic ties.
The spokesperson stressed the importance of maintaining communication between the two armed forces and urged the two sides to meet each other halfway and strengthen communication in crisis to keep the relationship stable.
Wu called for an open and rational attitude for looking at China's development, adding that China hopes the U.S. can take practical measures to create a "positive atmosphere" for high-level exchanges between their two militaries.
Wu slammed the recent U.S. provocations in the South China Sea, stressing China is not afraid of such actions.
Earlier this week, a U.S. U-2 high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft reportedly entered the airspace being used for live-fire exercises by the Northern Theater Command of the Chinese People's Liberation Army.
Moreover, the United States added 24 Chinese companies to the so-called Entity List on Wednesday for their role in China's construction works in the South China Sea. China refuted the U.S. accusations, terming the sanctions unjust.
In pursuit of self-serving interests before the U.S. election, certain U.S. politicians tried to destroy relations between the two armies and even attempted to create accidents and military conflicts, Wu said.
Such acts ignored the safety of the front-line officers and soldiers on both sides, the fundamental interests of the two peoples, and the peaceful aspirations of the people around the world, he added.
Wu vowed that the Chinese armed forces will take forceful measures to protect the sovereignty, security and development interests of the country and safeguard world and regional peace.
"We advise some U.S. politicians to recognize the realities, remain rational and stop provocation to push the bilateral military relations back to the right track," Wu said.
The spokesperson also said China's recent military exercises were routine and did not target any country.