China military criticizes 'wrong' U.S.
moves on Taiwan, S.China Sea
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[August 17, 2017]
BEIJING (Reuters) - The "wrong"
actions of the United States on Taiwan, its South China Sea patrols and
deployment of an advanced anti-missile system in South Korea have had a
large, negative influence on military trust, a senior Chinese officer
said on Thursday.
Fan Changlong, a vice chairman of China's powerful Central Military
Commission, told Joseph Dunford, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of
Staff, that mutual trust mechanisms between the two militaries had
continued to improve, China's defense ministry said.
"But wrong actions on the Taiwan issue, the United States deploying the
THAAD system around China, U.S. ships and aircraft's activities in the
South China Sea, the United States close-in surveillance in the sea and
air near China have had a large, negative influence on bilateral
military ties and mutual trust," Fan added.
THAAD is the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence anti-missile system the
United States has deployed in South Korea to defend against North Korea.
China says the system affects its own security because of its powerful
radar, and will do nothing to ease tension with North Korea.
Fan said China was willing to work with the United States to find more
potential for cooperation, handle disputes and sensitive issues
appropriately and ensure military cooperation becomes a positive force
At a separate meeting, Chinese President Xi Jinping told Dunford that
promoting constructive relations between the two militaries is very
important to help deepen ties between the two countries.
China and the United States, the world's two largest economies, say they
are committed to having a stable military-to-military relationship, but
there are deep faultlines.
China has been angered by U.S. freedom of navigation patrols near
Chinese-controlled islands in the disputed South China Sea and continued
U.S. arms sales and support for self-ruled Taiwan, which China claims as
a wayward province.
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U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford
shakes hands with President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the
People in Beijing, China August 17, 2017. REUTERS/Andy Wong/Pool
The United States has expressed concern about what it calls unsafe
intercepts of U.S. aircraft by the Chinese air force and a lack of
transparency in military spending by China, which is in the midst of an
ambitious military modernization program.
Speaking to reporters, Dunford said the main deliverable for his trip
was the signing of a framework agreement for a joint staff dialogue
Dunford said China and the United States already have the capability for
secure video teleconferences between Dunford and Fang Fenghui, chief of
the joint staff department of the People's Liberation Army.
The U.S. embassy also has immediate access to China's General Staff, he
"We have ways of communicating. What we're looking for is a more
responsive 24 hours a day, seven days a week communications link that
can actually be used in a crisis. And that's really one of the issues
that we will work on."
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard and Michael Martina; Editing by Michael
Perry and Clarence Fernandez)
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