Beijing, March 12: China is willing to work with the US to explore a “new type” of relations, based on mutual respect, cooperation and seeking win-win situations, a Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman said Tuesday.
Spokeswoman Hua Chunying’s comments came after US top security advisor Thomas Donilon said America is looking for opportunities to further its relations with China, and that the two countries are not necessarily destined for confrontation, Xinhua reported.
“China’s leadership transition and the president’s (Barack Obama) re-election mark a new phase in US-China relations, with new opportunities,” Donilon said.
Hua said China welcomes these positive comments, and stressed that the China-US relations are now at “an important phase connecting past and future”.
She said China was ready to work with the US to further implement the important consensus reached by heads of the two countries, adhere to the correct direction of bilateral relations, strengthen cooperation and coordination in all fields as well as tangibly respect and accommodate each other’s core interests and major concerns.
Meanwhile, a senior Chinese military officer also said Tuesday that Beijing was willing to work with the US to advance their “new type” of military relations.
China’s military is willing to strengthen its communications with the US military to enhance mutual trust, handle differences properly, and deepen cooperation, Fang Fenghui, chief of the General Staff of the People’s Liberation Army, told Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, over phone.
Fang welcomed Dempsey’s scheduled visit to China in April, and said that China-US military relations are an important part of the overall relations between the two countries.
Dempsey said he was looking forward to conducting further communication with the Chinese side on regional security issues and cooperation between the armed forces when he visits China next month.