General Fan Changlong, vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC), meets with U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice (L) in Beijing on July 25, 2016. (mod.gov.cn/Li Xiaowei)
BEIJING, July 26 (ChinaMil) -- Vice Chairman Fan Changlong of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC) has urged the United States to stop its deployment of THAAD in the ROK, saying it will directly threaten China's strategic security.
General Fan made the remarks during his meeting with U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice in Beijing on Monday afternoon.
Fan Changlong said that the relations between China and the U.S. as a whole have been developing steadily, especially the important consensuses reached by Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Barack Obama on building new model of major-country relationship have pointed out the direction for the long-term development of the China-U.S. relations.
The military-to-military relations between China and the U.S. have been achieving positive progress in recent years, which have provided strong support for building the new model of major-country relations between China and the U. S., Fang said. He hoped that militaries of both countries can meet each other half way, jointly implement the important consensuses reached by the two heads of state, manage and control the differences and sensitive issues in a constructive way to maintain the healthy and stable development of the China-U.S. relations in a long run.
Fang Changlong stressed that China’s principle stance on the South China Sea issue will never change, China neither accepts nor recognizes the award of the so-called South China Sea arbitration. Chinese people never submit to any external pressure, and the Chinese armed forces will firmly act as the staunch pillar in safeguarding national territorial sovereignty and security, Fan stated.
Fan pointed out that the U.S. insistence on deploying the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in South Korea will directly endanger China’s strategic security, intensify tensions in the Korean Peninsula and severely undermine the China-U.S. strategic mutual trust.
Rice said that the military-to-military relations between the U.S. and China have been developing fast in recent years, as evidenced by the two sides’ frequent high-level contacts and effective cooperation in such fields as naval escort operations and joint military exercises.
She hoped both sides can effectively manage and control the risks, and avoid misunderstanding and misjudgment. The U.S. is committed to developing the stable U.S. - China bilateral relations with fruitful cooperation, she added.
The two sides also exchanged views on other issues of common concern.
Personnel including Deputy Chief of the Joint Staff Department under China’s CMC Sun Jianguo, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang, Chinese Ambassador to the U.S. Cui Tiankai, and the U.S. Ambassador to China Max Sieben Baucus, attended the meeting.