BEIJING, Oct. 29 -- The China-US military relationship plays an important role in the bilateral relations. It is in both sides' interests to maintain the stability of the China-US military relationship, which requires joint efforts, said Senior Colonel Wu Qian, a spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of National Defense (MND), at the regular press conference in Beijing on Thursday.
It is reported recently that current China-US relations are facing multiple challenges. Coupled with the severe COVID-19 pandemic, whether the China-US military exchanges could proceed as normal has received widespread attention.
In response, Senior Colonel Wu briefed that senior officials from both militaries have had a telephone conversation last week and agreed to strengthen communication, properly manage differences and disagreements, and expand cooperation in fields of common interests.
Besides, working groups from two militaries have conducted video conferences on crisis communication in the past two days. And the two sides have also planned to conduct seminars on military humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) and consultations on maritime security issues by way of video conferences respectively in the coming mid-November and December.
Wu expressed that China is willing to contribute to the development of China-US relations on the right track of coordination, collaboration, and stability on the principles of non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect, and win-win cooperation.
China hopes that the US side will work with China towards the same goal, reduce hostility, refrain from provocations, strengthen communication, manage and control risks, and play a constructive role in the stable development of the bilateral military relationship, Wu said.