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China eyes better military relations with US

By Xinhua
China eyes better military relations with US
In this April 7, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping pause for photographs at Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Florida. China is willing to work with the US to improve military relations between the two countries. (Alex Brandon/AP)

BEIJING - China is willing to work with the United States to constructively manage risks and properly handle disagreements in order to propel mutual trust and seek more progress in promoting ties between the militaries, a Chinese defense ministry spokesman said Thursday.

At a regular press briefing, Yang Yujun expressed hopes that the US military could make joint efforts with the Chinese side to "meet each other halfway and inject positive and constructive elements to Sino-US ties, and contribute to world and regional peace and stability.

Yang Yujun said military relations make up an important part of bilateral ties between China and the United States

Quoting Chinese President Xi Jinping who had just visited the US earlier this month, Yang said military relations make up an important part of bilateral ties between China and the United States, adding that mutual trust in military and security areas forms the basis of strategic mutual trust between the two countries.

The Chinese military will resolutely implement the important consensus reached between Chinese and US heads of states, Yang said.

It will work to maintain exchanges between the two militaries at all levels, bring into full play their dialogue and consultation mechanisms, carry out the annual exchange programs the two sides have agreed upon, and implement and improve the mutual reporting mechanism on major military operations and the code of safe conduct on naval and air military encounters, he said.

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