Meifang Zhang will visit China’s Second Artillery Corps to understand the development of strategic missile
9 evening, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived in Beijing Capital International Airport.
中广网 Beijing on January 10, according to Voice of China “News” reported that U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived in Beijing last night at 7:30, from today (10) early in the morning, he will and Chinese military leaders launched a series of talks. Gates’ visit China, was known as the Sino-US military relations in the public one year after a cooling “ice-breaking trip.” So, what Gates after three-day visit to strengthen bilateral military relations can play a useful role? Now we connect the whole to participate in coverage of Gates’ visit to central Taiwan military observers Yong-Chun Liang.
Moderator: Bill Gates arrived in Beijing last night, you were at the scene, which impressed the details? Gates’s visit to China which events deserve attention?
Yong-Chun Liang: Gates arrived in Beijing last night, when my first impression, but he seemed very gentle and very careful about his car with a smile and in the cold Reporters were waiting to greet his media. But he was unwilling to answer any questions, his accompanying officials said that all problems have to wait until the official correspondent conference today to say, I think it reflects the two sides meeting at this time, the attitude towards defense is not only to and discreet. Chinese Defense Minister Liang morning Bayi Building in Beijing held a welcoming ceremony for the Gates, then they are to hold formal talks, I’ll go to this event live interviews. Secretary of Defense after the end of two talks will be around 12 noon today held a joint correspondent conference, which is of great concern to the news media. Yesterday we in the field, etc., when an Associated Press reporter told me that the mainstream U.S. media to send reporters to the all reported Gates’ visit to Beijing, including the U.S. Department of Defense military correspondent also sent to ; We Chinese media, major media to participate. Today’s correspondent conference program is an hour, is estimated not necessarily enough, this afternoon, the Central Military Commission Vice President Xi Jinping, Xu also met with Vice Chairman Bill Gates, the itinerary should be said that he is quite compact.
Moderator: Bill Gates in the tour, there is one item will go to the army’s Second Artillery Corps, to understand the latest development of China’s strategic missile. Why did you choose to visit the Second Artillery Gates? This is thought the talks the two sides reached between the results, what relationship?
Yong-Chun Liang: The United States has a very positive Sino-US military exchanges, one of the purposes is hoped that through dialogue and understanding of China’s strategic intentions and military development in the direction of the recent U.S. media stir China’s strategic missile weapons, of course, Gates would be very interested in this aspect. In fact, in 2005, when then U.S. Secretary of Defense to visit China, when it had been to the Second Artillery headquarters, of course, this visit is reciprocal between the two countries started in 2009, the Central Military Commission Vice Chairman Xu visited the United States they also visited the United States in charge of nuclear weapons and cyber warfare strategy Command visit. It should be said, this is not hostile to each other between the two countries, enhance the transparency of a military posture.
Moderator: Bill Gates to visit China on the eve, he had proposed that the Sino-US strategic dialogue to enhance military exchanges height for that argument, how can we understand?
Yong-Chun Liang: I think this represents a strengthening of Sino-US military relations between the United States a positive willingness to, if realized, of course, Secretary of Defense Gates himself to a term outstanding achievements, now held regularly every year, China and the U.S. strategic and economic dialogue between the two countries to communicate and resolve the political and economic issues play a very important role, but also want to enhance military exchanges between the two countries to a strategic dialogue level there are some unavoidable obstacles. The first is known as the Taiwan issue, and the second is the U.S. strategy of China’s lack of trust, we imposed an arms embargo, high-tech export restrictions, and treat my investigation surveillance activities have not stopped, so now both sides want to develop closer military ties. That the two sides have reached a consensus, but also the general trend, but if in the future some twists and turns and repeated again not surprising, because in Taiwan, such as issues of principle, we can not compromise, and for the United States to change its position also requires a very long time, so we have to improve relations between the U.S. military, but also adhere to principles, to dare to struggle and struggle to be good, I think it is called No pain, no deal. That in dealing with Sino-US military relations, we not only have passion, but also a sense of normalcy.
Moderator: Bill Gates on the trip to China, it was considered one of the greater symbolic significance, some people think that this may re-enter the China-US relations, “the new honeymoon period” opportunity? How do you see?
Yong-Chun Liang: I think at this stage of Sino-US military relations and the role of the greatest significance lies in two things, firstly, to increase cooperation, then one is to reduce false positives, the two countries security cooperation in space is far greater than our differences, including the current issue of the Korean peninsula, in the fight against piracy and so on need to strengthen bilateral military cooperation, the greater the scope of cooperation, military relations between the two countries in order to more closely . Of course to get through the Sino-US military cooperation in the establishment of two such absolute trust that is really too difficult, but we have to maintain a smooth flow through the military channels of communication with each other to reduce the strategic misjudgment, which maintain the healthy development of bilateral relations, too important. In the long term, the development of Sino-US military relations must build on the basis of equality and mutual benefit, which requires time and patience, the key is for China to become more powerful, and the United States can truly become equal partners in dialogue, Americans pursuing power diplomacy, especially the United States armed forces, only strong enough opponent can win their respect.