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U.S. commander stresses "areas of converging interests" with China

09-28-2011 08:54 BJT

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- A senior U.S. military commander on Tuesday stressed the "areas of converging interests" in relationship with China, saying he is hopeful that the two sides can advance their strategic dialogue.

Admiral Robert Willard, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, made the comments in a Washington briefing. He said there are "many" areas of converging interests between China and the United States, and both sides continue to focus on them in their dialogues.

Willard also noted the two sides discussed "consequences of disagreements between our two governments," as the Chinese side has strongly opposed U.S. arms sales to Taiwan.

He said it's "important that we have open and frank discussions about those disagreements, but at the same time focus on areas in which the two sides can continue to advance their relationship."

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on Monday reaffirmed China's position on U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, urging the United States to immediately correct its error by revoking its arms sales decision.

Yang made the remarks when meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton here on the sidelines of the general debate at the UN General Assembly, saying the wrong decision by the United States gravely violated the principles of the three Sino-U.S. joint communiques, particularly the August 17 Communique singed in 1982, grossly interfered in China's internal affairs, and seriously undermined China's security, its endeavor to achieve peaceful reunification and China-U.S. relations.

Regardless of China's repeated solemn representation, the U.S. administration announced last Wednesday a new arms package worth 5.852 billion U.S. dollars to Taiwan, which included upgrading of F-16A/B fighter jets.

Clinton said the United States is firmly committed to expanding, deepening and enhancing positive, comprehensive and cooperative relations with China.

Willard, for his part, said he is "hopeful" and "expect" that the two sides can maintain the strategic level of discussions.

"There are too many important security issues, dealing with the Asia-Pacific region and dealing with the world, to allow any single disagreement between governments to stop consultations all together," he said.



Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: Xinhua

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