China news agency, Beijing, September 19 (Reporter Tao Shelan) -
Chinese Vice President, Central Military Commission Vice President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in the 19th met with visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and his entourage. He elaborated on China's solemn position on the Diaoyu Islands issue. I hope the U.S. side to proceed from the overall interests of regional peace and stability, cautious, not to intervene in the dispute over sovereignty of the Diaoyu Islands, not to do anything that might intensify contradictions and make the current situation more complicated things.
Xi pointed out that Sino-US military ties are an important part of bilateral relations. Since the beginning of this year, under the joint efforts of both sides, Sino-US military relations have maintained a momentum of improvement and development. Hope that the defense departments of the two countries to continue to "respect, mutual trust, mutual, based on strengthening exchanges, deepen cooperation, and to remove obstacles, enhance mutual trust and promote relations between the two armed forces in the construction of the China-US cooperative partnership within the framework of a healthy and stable forward.
Xi Jinping, expounded China's solemn position on the Diaoyu Islands issue. He said that, 81 years ago, made in Japan "Mukden Incident" shocked. The Japanese militarists not only caused untold sufferings to the Chinese nation, but also to the Asia-Pacific countries, including the United States, causing huge trauma. Some political forces in Japan, far from deep remorse for the trauma caused by the war on neighboring countries and the Asia-Pacific countries, but intensified same mistake again, performances the "Share island" farce openly questioned the Cairo Declaration and the Potsdam Proclamation "lack the force of international law, intensify territorial disputes with its neighbors, and so on. The international community must not allow Japan will attempt to deny the fruits of victory of the world anti-fascist war, to challenge acts of the post-war international order. Japan should stop doing so immediately stop all erroneous words and deeds to undermine China's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Panetta said, "rebalancing" of U.S. Asia-Pacific policy goal is to promote regional stability, peace and prosperity. To achieve this goal, an essential condition for the development of a constructive relationship between the United States and China. Happily, the United States and China military relations important positive progress has been made in recent years. The United States hopes to strengthen dialogue with China, expand cooperation, and build a powerful new type of relations between big powers. The United States and not long ago in the Gulf of Aden anti-piracy exercises, the United States invited China to participate in the 2014 Pacific Rim military exercises. The United States expressed concern about the situation in the recent East China Sea. I listened carefully to the introduction of the Chinese side on historical factors, the United States is not holding its position on territorial disputes, called on the parties to refrain from provocative actions, settlement of disputes through peaceful means.
The two sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern.
Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Liang Guanglie attended the meeting. (End)
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