Chinese, U.S. top military officials meet in Beijing
Li Zuocheng, a member of the Central Military Commission (CMC) and chief of staff of the CMC Joint Staff Department met with John Richardson, U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral, in Beijing on Tuesday.
During the meeting, Li said that 40 years of China-U.S. diplomatic relations have proved that the common interests between the two countries are much more than contradictions and disputes, thus cooperation is the best choice for both sides.
Noting that status and role of the two militaries in bilateral relations are essential, Li hoped that China and the U.S. will further enhance mutual trust, deepen cooperation, handle disputes properly, manage risks and work together for better relations between the armed forces of the two countries.
Richardson said that the U.S. pays great attention to developing the constructive, result-oriented military relations between two countries. The U.S. is willing to, along with China, strengthen high-level exchanges between the two armies, and enhance mutual understanding, reduce misunderstandings and misjudgments. He agreed that two sides should optimize communication channels to facilitate open dialogues.
Both sides also exchanged opinions on issues like Taiwan and the South China Sea. In terms of Taiwan issue, Li stressed that no external interference would be allowed in China's internal affairs, concerning China's core interests and the national bond of the Chinese people.
If someone tries to separate out Taiwan, the Chinese military will as always stand firm in safeguarding China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, Li added.
Richardson is on a four-day visit to China at the invitation of the commander of the Chinese Navy Shen Jinlong from January 13.