Rumsfeld's Beijing visit described as 'fruitful'
By Sun Shangwu (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-10-21 05:46
A senior foreign affairs officer of the People's Liberation Army (PLA)
yesterday described US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's trip to China as
"constructive and fruitful."
During his three-day trip, which concluded yesterday, defence leaders of
China and US committed to improving the bilateral military relationship,
bringing it up to par with overall bilateral ties.
"Now, as bilateral defence relations lag behind, the two militaries should
take measures to push forward their partnership," said Major General Zhang
Bangdong, director of the Foreign Affairs Office of the Ministry of National
China and US share the important goal of seeking security, prosperity and
stability for their peoples, said Rumsfeld yesterday in meeting with researchers
with the PLA Academy of Military Science.
"We are working together in a number of areas," said the defence secretary,
citing economy, trade, anti-terrorism and the Six-Party Talks on the nuclear
issues on Korean Peninsula as examples.
"US welcomes the emergence of a peaceful and prosperous China," he noted,
adding that China should become a responsible partner in the international
He said that it is appropriate for China to push forward its military
development, but called for more transparency. "Greater clarity would generate
more certainty in the region."
During Rumsfeld's visit to China, President Hu Jintao, also chairman of the
Central Military Commission (CMC), Cao Gangchuan and Guo Boxiong, both
vice-chairmen of the CMC, all held separate meetings with the defence secretary.
"In their meetings, leaders from both countries showed positive attitudes
toward developing bilateral ties," said Major General Zhang.
Although there are differences between them, they all agreed to "seek common
points while reserving differences," according to Zhang.
(China Daily 10/21/2005 page2)