U.S. media said the Sino-US military exchanges out of the normal development of the beginning of freezing
Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Liang Guanglie (right) and U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates met with reporters in Hanoi, Vietnam.
newspaper special military observers Zhao Chuanheng
Xinhua News Agency and the “Liberation Army Daily” reported on October 11, Chinese Defense Minister Liang and U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi in the two arms side since February this year the first high-level official talks. Liang sent invitation to visit China to Gates, Gates also gladly accepted. Widely believed that this marks the return to normal relations between China-US military exchanges. However, the U.S. still insists on arms sales to Taiwan, but eager to intervene in the South China Sea, which have made the development of military relations between the two countries is full of variables.
visit the U.S., said Gates, “the sooner the better”
Pentagon Web site, according to U.S. reports, October 11, Bill Gates in Vietnam with Liang Hanoi held a 30-minute formal talks. Gates later said that in the talks, he has been “delighted” to accept the Liang to issue a formal invitation to visit China.
January this year, Obama decided to sell Taiwan arms worth $ 6.4 billion, resulting in the Sino-US military relations quickly “freeze.” Gates said the talks were conducted in a friendly atmosphere, this is military relations, “forward, a good step.” Gates pointed out that the military dialogue between the two countries should be continued, not good times and bad.
“When the time difference between both sides, but also to exchange the two sides need to conduct various strategic dialogues, from the nuclear forces, missile defense strategy to space security, and the two sides can cooperate in all areas of … … both sides have greater transparency and mutual understanding, help to prevent misunderstanding, misjudgment and error, “said Gates,” a dialogue with the Soviet Union before that, the dialogue with the Chinese military is now equally important. “
Gates also claimed that he also talks about the U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, and that the question should not disrupt the Sino-US military relations, because this is not the defense minister-level talks can solve political problem.
when to visit China for Gates, 11, Pentagon spokesman Morrell said, still unable to determine a specific timetable, but the principles of the United States is “the sooner the better.”
there before the end of the two defense consultations
United States, “Washington Post” said on June 11th this year, China and the U.S. exchange rate, etc. continued disagreements on many issues, especially the United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced in July this year the South China Sea issue is related to U.S. national interests, has deepened the rift between the United States. Sino-US military relations is not simply interrupt factor, has become a barometer of the overall relationship between the two countries. The two defense ministers of the talks, President Hu Jintao to visit China next year to create a good atmosphere.
U.S. Bloomberg said Thursday, in early September, the U.S. deputy assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Duoni Long and the White House National Economic Council Director Larry Summers’s visit to China, China is willing to bring the end of the year restart the relationship between military exchanges messages. Subsequently, the Pentagon spokesman Colonel David Lapan said the Sino-US Military Maritime Consultation Mechanism special meeting will be held in Hawaii in mid-October, while the two defense departments will be held later this year, defense consultations in Washington. This shows that Sino-US military exchanges have been out of the “frozen period” began to develop normally.
set up barriers to U.S. military exchanges still
Wen Zhao Chuanheng
Although the U.S. media relations, said Sino-US military exchanges have been out of the “frozen period”, the two countries on arms sales to Taiwan in the United States still adhere to their respective positions, which is bringing the future development of bilateral military relations variables. Liang Minister in talks with Gates emphasized: “The U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and other issues hindering the development of military relations between the depth of the important reasons.” Gates does not put the blame on Defense Secretary level talks to resolve the “political the problem. ”
addition, the U.S. actively involved in the South China Sea, is also seen as ignored China’s serious concern vital interests. 12, Gates said in Hanoi, “the United States in the South China Sea disputes will not take sides,” but the United States to support international efforts to address these issues, he certainly relevant ASEAN countries for the development of legally binding, “the South China Sea Code of Conduct, “adding that the U.S. is willing to have help. Reuters said Thursday, Gates overwhelmed words conceal that the United States intends to actively intervene in the South China Sea, and to the question “international”, which will inevitably lead to China’s strong opposition to military as well as the development of overall relations between the two countries lay hidden.