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China calls for healthy, stable military ties with U.S.


 , Updated 12:30, 10-Jan-2024

China is willing to develop healthy and stable military-to-military relations with the United States on the basis of equality and respect, the Chinese defense ministry said on Wednesday.

The U.S. should strictly restrain its front-line forces and stop hyping up security issues, said the ministry in a readout of the 17th China-U.S. Defense Policy Coordination Talks held in Washington, D.C. from Monday to Tuesday.

China is willing to work together with the U.S. side to follow through the important consensus on military-to-military engagement reached by the two heads of state during their meeting in San Francisco, said the statement.

"The U.S. side needs to take seriously China's concerns and do more things that contribute to the growth of the military-military relationship."

As for the Taiwan question, the Chinese side emphasized that China will not make any concession or compromise and demanded that the U.S. side abide by the one-China principle, honor relevant commitments, stop arming Taiwan, and not support Taiwan independence, according to the statement.

The Chinese side also urged the U.S. side to reduce military presence and provocation in the South China Sea and stop supporting provocative actions by a certain country, the statement continued.

The U.S. side should fully recognize the root cause of maritime and air security issues, strictly discipline its troops on the ground, and stop manipulating and hyping-up relevant issues, it said.

The Chinese side also elaborated China's stern positions and concerns on issues concerning China's core interests and international hot-spot issues, it added.

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