Qi Jianguo, deputy chief of general staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), met with Rick Larsen, the visiting co-chairman of the U.S.-China Working Group under the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress, and his party on the morning of January 29, 2013 in Beijing. The two sides exchanged views on the relations between the two countries and the two militaries as well as issues of common concern.
Qi Jianguo said that China and the U.S. are committed to establishing a cooperative partnership on the basis of mutual respect and mutual benefit and to exploring the establishment of a new-type relationship between the two great powers. To push forward healthy and stable development of the relations between the two countries and the two militaries, the two sides should have strategic vision, review the bilateral relations in a broader perspective, with consensus on common interests, from rational and objective viewpoints and in a spirit of mutual respect, and strive to promote the development of the new-type China-U.S. military relationship.
Qi Jianguo also said that the international security situation is currently faced with many realistic problems, and the best solution to the problems is dialogue instead of confrontation. It is hoped that the U.S. side would take practical actions to maintain regional peace and stability in a responsible manner.
Larsen said that the U.S.-China military relationship is of great importance for the world today, and in spite of ups and downs in the relationship, the two sides have been making great efforts to promote the relationship. The U.S. side hoped to maintain a good military relationship with the Chinese side, find common ground to work together, and reduce the distrust for each other.
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