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Defense Ministry hails China-U.S. military mutual trust mechanisms

(Source: China Military Online)   2014-11-14

  BEIJING, November 14 (ChinaMil) -- The Information Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of National Defense of the People's Republic of China briefed on Friday the media of the basic information on the "two mutual trust mechanisms".

  The heads of state of China and the United States jointly announced on November 12 that the two countries had finished signing the texts of the "two mutual trust mechanisms". 

  The "two mutual-trust mechanisms" refers to the "mutual reporting and trust mechanism on major military operations" and the "code of safe conduct on naval and air military encounters", according to the Information Affairs Bureau.

  During the meetings between the Chinese President Xi Jinping and the U.S. President Obama in the Annenberg Estate on June 2013, Xi proposed the initiative of building the above "two mutual trust mechanisms" and got positive response of Obama. Since then, defense departments and militaries of the two countries have conducted more than 10 rounds of in-depth consultations and contacts through various channels.

  With joint efforts of both sides, China and the U.S. have reached consensus on signing the memorandums of understanding (MOU) on establishing the "two mutual trust mechanisms". The memorandums of understanding on establishing "a mutual reporting and trust mechanism on major military operations" and "a code of safe conduct on naval and air military encounters" have been signed recently by the defense ministers of the two countries. 

  Establishing the "two mutual trust mechanisms" is a strategic decision made by the heads of state of the two countries and an institutional guarantee for the long-term and stable development of the bilateral military relations of the two countries. Furthermore, it is an important step to deepen the mutual understanding of strategic intensions of the two sides, enhance strategic mutual trust and crisis control and risk prevention.

  Taking the opportunity of the signing of the two memorandums, China is willing to work together with the U.S. to continue deepening military exchanges, enhance mutual trust and strengthen cooperation, properly handle differences, prevent risks and make joint efforts to push forward the China-US new-type military relationship to move ahead steadily, stated the bureau.

Editor:Yao Jianing
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