BEIJING, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- Senior military leaders on Tuesday called for more efforts to promote military ties between China and the U.S..
"The two sides should, within the framework of building a China-U.S. cooperative partnership, promote a new type of military relations featuring equality, reciprocity and win-win cooperation in an active and pragmatic way," Defense Minister Liang Guanglie said.
Liang made the remarks during a joint press conference held with visiting U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta after their talks on bilateral military ties.
China and the U.S. should explore a path of coexistence and establish a new type of relations that corresponds to their influence, Liang said.
He called on both sides to increase mutual trust, enhance their understanding of their respective defense policies and strategic trends and increase dialogue and communication.
The two militaries need to abandon zero-sum thinking and strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation, Liang said.
Both sides also need to properly solve disputes and differences and respect each other's core interests and concerns, he added.
Liang encouraged the two militaries to deepen substantial cooperation in areas of non-traditional security, such as humanitarian rescues, anti-piracy efforts and medical assistance.
Liang and Panetta exchanged views on U.S. weapon sales to Taiwan, the Diaoyu Islands, the rebalancing of U.S. policy, the South China Sea, cyberspace and outer space security.
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