U.S. praises confidence-building measures with Chinese military

U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice (L) shakes hands with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi as she arrives for a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China July 25, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Schiefelbein/Pool

U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice (L) shakes hands with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi as she arrives for a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China July 25, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Schiefelbein/Pool

U.S. and Chinese militaries have reduced the risk of encounters between them having “unintended consequences”, a top U.S. official said on Monday, while China reiterated it would not accept interference in the South China Sea.

There have been a series of incidents in recent years, most in the disputed South China Sea, where the United States has accused Chinese military ships and aircraft of coming dangerously close to U.S. forces.

Visiting U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice said confidence-building measures had reduced risks and the United States valued progress in improving military-to-military ties.

“Our military leaders communicate more frequently and more directly than ever before in the past,” Rice said in a meeting with a vice chairman of China’s powerful Central Military Commission, Fan Changlong.

“While our forces operate in closer proximity to each other, the risk of unintended consequences has gone down thanks to the confidence-building measures that our two sides have put in place.”

The United States and China have increasingly been at odds over China’s claims to most of the South China Sea, a waterway through which $5 trillion of trade moves annually, where the United States has sought to assert its right to freedom of navigation.

China has stepped up its rhetoric in defense of its claims since an international court ruled this month that China did not have historic rights to the waters, raising concern that China would assert its position more forcefully.

There have been two close contacts between the two militaries since last month alone, with the U.S. accusing China of shadowing an aircraft carrier in the South China Sea and of unsafely intercepting a spy plane in the East China Sea, where China has competing territorial claims with Japan.

China said it was conducting routine operations in line with laws and rules.

Fan also emphasized the need to deepen military-to-military relations with the United States to “avoid misunderstanding and miscalculation”.

But he also dismissed any notion that China would bow to pressure when it came to protecting its national sovereignty in the South China Sea.

“The Chinese people will not yield to outside pressure,” he said, the defense ministry said in a statement after the meeting.

Fan said relations between their militaries faced “obstacles and challenges”, which, if not properly handled, would “disturb and undermine” progress.

He said the deployment of an anti-missile system in South Korea would impact mutual trust. The United States is deploying the system in South Korea to protect it from North Korea.

(Reporting by Jake Spring; Editing by Ben Blanchard, Robert Birsel)

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3 Comments on “U.S. praises confidence-building measures with Chinese military”

  1. johnleecan says:

    Yeah, they praised the Chinese but what they actually meant is “You better pray. We’re going to crush and control your country!”. Well, China is communist so they don’t pray.

    They send someone surnamed Rice but black. Maybe USA will be more successful if they send someone who is red, Xiaomi Hongmi.


    • Joseph says:

      At least they did not send someone surnamed Lu but used Locke instead. Make sense. Lu won’t gave you high ranking job as Locke will.


  2. Joseph says:

    So, is this Vietnam War all over again? In 1972, Richard Nixon went to China to establish diplomatic relationship, where the US would ‘in good faith’ withdraw from combat operation in Vietnam War. The truth was the bogged down American needed some ridiculous excuses out of the mess of their creation which was Vietnam War. To save face of some sort. Forty years on, the American is yet bogged down to another mess of their own creation, which was the SCS, and needs another stupid excuse for another ‘honorable’ withdrawal. Some sort of saving face exit. So the American send another clown to ‘defuse’ the tension, making them to look like the peacemaker. I doubt if it was the Chinese who send envoy, the American would be interested at reducing the ‘risk of encounters’. And the American often said that Chinese only care about saving face. Did it has anything to do with that finger-pointing Chinese Admiral Wu Shengli? His firm face was surely scarier than those US contingent who in desperate bid to look tough, looked more like spoiled kids with long face. I doubt sunglasses would make them look tougher. If the American wants to reduce the risk of encounter, they should stay away from the South China Sea. It is called South China Sea for a reason, Chinese ships are as common as American ships in America. What would they expect anyway?
    The American promised a fleet of warships, aircraft carriers, amphibious landing troops to scare China off, when it did not work they instead send a woman in the hope that his feminine side would soften China. No more long-faced navy boys? Where are the boys, John Kerry and Ash Carter anyway? But the US was certainly wise to send a polite woman like Susan Rice. Had they sent Hillary Clinton instead, the result would have been very different. It was not impossible that China and US would exchange nuclear missiles by now.