The deputy chief of staff of China’s People’s Liberation Army has stressed the importance of developing a new type of military relationship with the United States.
Cai Yingting is now on a visit to the United States. He says the two countries need to strive to implement the consensus reached between Chinese President Hu Jintao and his US counterpart Barack Obama on constructing a new type of relationship between big powers. It should based on mutual respect, equality, inclusiveness and mutual benefit.
Cai has met with senior US military and government officials, including US Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter. They exchanged views on the issues of Taiwan, Tibet, the South China Sea and the Diaoyu Islands.
Carter says the US strategy in the Asia-Pacific region is not aimed at containing China and the US expects the two countries will continue to be partners. Cai emphasized that the Diaoyu Islands and their affiliated islands are an integral part of China’s territory.
Cai Yingting, deputy chief of gen. staff of Chinese People’s Liberation Army, said, “We would prefer to resolve conflicts through peace talks and negotiations. We strongly reject the claim that the Diaoyu Islands fall within the scope of the US-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security. We hope the US will do something good to maintain regional peace and to maintain a good relationship between China and the US.”