The Chinese military hopes the United States can rebuild a correct view of China, adopt rational and practical policies related to China, and work with China to jointly promote the healthy development of Sino-US military-to-military relations, said the Ministry of National Defense. said Thursday.
Senior Colonel Tan Kefei, spokesman for the ministry, told a press briefing that improving Sino-US relations was the “question of the century” and that military relations were a key part of bilateral relations.
Tan said that maintaining strategic communication and strengthening dialogue and cooperation between the two militaries are mutually beneficial.
For example, at the end of September, China and the United States held their 16th working meeting between their defense departments, and the two sides discussed matters of mutual interest in depth and pragmatically, Tan said.
Some key points on which consensus was reached during the dialogue include that maintaining stable Sino-US military relations is in the interests of both nations, the two militaries should strengthen crisis management and confidence-building measures, and the two sides exchanged views on policies. that affect bilateral military relations.
However, at the same time, some American officials are exaggerating the so-called “Chinese military threat” to justify the United States’ own military expansion and global military hegemony, Tan said.
âThe world has suffered long enough under hegemony,â he said. âWith its military might, the United States has frequently ignored international law and basic principles of international relations to trigger war, secession and confrontation. “
For years, the United States has wrongly labeled China as its biggest competitor and systematic threat, and has adopted a policy of maximum pressure against China, he said.
“US attempts to coerce and triumph by force are perilous behavior which will not only increase the risk of confrontation between the two nations and threaten regional and world peace, but will ultimately backfire on the United States itself.” Tan said.
A recent offshoot of US actions is the USS Connecticut, a Seawolf-class nuclear-powered submarine that collided with an “unknown object” in the South China Sea, injuring 11 crew members.
“The United States should seriously address the concerns of the various parties, be responsible and provide a full and satisfactory explanation of the incident as soon as possible to the international community and countries in the region,” Tan said.
âIf the United States continues to use the old Cold War engine, it will never catch up with the new journey of world peace and development,â Tan said. “We advise the United States to abandon its outdated Cold War and zero-sum gaming mentalities, to rationally and objectively perceive China’s defense and military development, and to contribute to the maintenance of peace and stability. global and regional. “
In a recent interview with CNN, Taiwanese leader Tsai Ing-wen said the island faces a growing threat from the Chinese mainland. She also acknowledged the presence of American troops on the island.
Ma Xiaoguang, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, said Thursday that Tsai’s granting of the interview to CNN revealed his stubborn intention of “Taiwan independence.”
âSince taking office, the authorities (of the Progressive Democratic Party) have been incompetent in governance and the livelihoods of the people are in danger. But they are obsessed with creating conflict, suppressing speech, deception, dividing Taiwanese society, and frenzied repression of dissidents. he said.
By “rejecting unification by arms” and “relying on the United States for” independence “” they are using the hard-earned money of the Taiwanese people to buy arms, which will only harm to the interests of the people and cause a military disaster on the island, he said.
Wang Wenbin, spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, said Thursday, responding to Tsai’s claims, that the one-China policy is the political foundation of Sino-US relations.
Wang said the US military has recently repeatedly caused unrest by “flexing its muscles” in the Taiwan Strait, sending serious false signals to “Taiwan independence” forces and threatening peace and peace. regional stability.