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Dong talks with Austin

By Jiang Chenglong | | Updated: 2024-04-17 09:00
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Chinese Minister of National Defense Admiral Dong Jun on Tuesday night held a video call with the United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin at the request of the latter.

According to a Wednesday news release by the ministry, Dong emphasized that the military ties are crucial for implementing the consensus of the two heads of state, stabilizing the development of bilateral relations, and preventing major crises, pointing out that the leaders of China and the US are committed to promoting the stability and improvement of bilateral ties.

He stressed that the Chinese and US militaries should seek ways to coexist, "with peace as the priority, stability as the key, and mutual trust as the foundation".

Based on equality and mutual respect, both sides should construct military ties that are "non-conflictual, non-confrontational, open, practical, and gradually accumulate mutual trust", truly serving as a stable cornerstone for the development of bilateral relations.

The minister reiterated China's stance on the Taiwan question and South China Sea issues.

He underscored that the Taiwan question is a core interest of China and never brooks any infringement, noting that the People's Liberation Army will not tolerate any "Taiwan independence" separatist activities or external indulgence and support.

He noted that the current situation in the South China Sea is generally stable, and regional countries have the willingness, wisdom, and capability to resolve issues.

The US side should recognize China's firm stance, practically respect China's territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea, and take concrete actions to maintain regional peace and the stability of China-US military relations, said the senior defense official.

Both sides also exchanged views on other issues of mutual concern, according to the news.

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