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China to boost military talks with countries

Publication Date : 30-10-2012

 

China's military exchanges with other countries will see a small upsurge at the end of 2012.

The only exception is Japan, which is involved in a dispute with China over the Diaoyu Islands (known in Japan as Senkaku).

Experts said China can deepen understanding with other countries by increasing military exchanges and cooperation. They also urged Japan to correct its mistake on the Diaoyu Islands issue.

Increased military communication can also help China ease concerns from other countries who claim Beijing's military is "not transparent enough", said Ruan Zongze, vice-president of the China Institute of International Studies.

China attaches importance to military exchanges with other countries, and more such exchanges can deepen mutual understanding, he said.

The move shows China would like to take more responsibility in maintaining peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, said Su Hao, a global affairs professor at China Foreign Affairs University.

The first joint-exercise on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief involving China, Australia and New Zealand began yesterday.

Seven New Zealand Defence Force staff participated in the Exercise Cooperation Spirit 2012, which is being hosted by the Australian Defence Force from yesterday to Thursday in the Australian coastal city of Brisbane and Enoggera Barracks, according to Xinhua.

The exercise aims to further develop relationships, interoperability and is focused on responses to humanitarian crisis.

Meanwhile, heads of defence universities and colleges from China and members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) will meet in Beijing from November 4 to 8 under the framework of the 16th Asean Regional Forum (ARF).

The theme of the meeting is national security strategy in a changing world. It aims to strengthen communication among members of the ARF in the defence and security sectors, and promote military education exchanges between China and other countries, said Yang Yujun, spokesman for the Ministry of National Defence.

In late November, China and the US will hold a joint drill on humanitarian rescue and disaster relief in Chengdu, Sichuan province, in Southwest China.

According to Yang, US Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and a US military medicine delegation will visit China, while a workshop of senior officers from the Chinese army and a navy delegation will also visit the US.

The two countries will also hold the 13th defence consultation between defence ministries.

Meanwhile, China and Japan have shelved a plan to build a maritime liaison mechanism between their defence ministries.

Ruan said Japan is to blame for the stagnation of China-Japan defence talks, which will not be appropriate until Japan corrects its mistake.

 

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