Senior Chinese military official hopes Australia not to take side on South China Sea dispute

Source: China Military OnlineEditor: Yao Jianing
2016-05-16 17:06

BEIJING, May 16 (ChinaMil) -- Admiral Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of the Joint Staff Department under the Central Military Commission, met with Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, vice chief of the Australian Defense Force, in Beijing on May 13. The two sides had in-depth exchange of views on issues of common concern.

Sun Jianguo noted that the state and mil-to-mil relations between China and Australia have maintained a sound momentum of development in recent years, and the two militaries have kept a high level mutual trust, in-depth pragmatic cooperation and extensive personnel exchange. He hoped the two sides could make joint efforts to push their relations to proceed steadily.

Sun explained for his Australian guest the historical facts about the South China Sea issue and the current situations in the area. He stressed that the South China Sea is not and should not become an issue between China and Australia. He hoped Australia could honor its commitment to not taking sides on relevant disputes, not participating in or doing anything that harms regional peace and stability and Sino-Australian ties.

Griggs said the development of state and mil-to-mil relations between Australia and China has achieved positive results in recent years. Both countries face many common challenges, so he hoped the two militaries could enhance exchange and cooperation.

Jan Adam, Australian ambassador to China, was also present at the meeting.

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