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China Urges U.S. to Halt Close Up Surveillance of Army, Navy
« on: September 10, 2014, 02:26:25 pm »
China Urges U.S. to Halt Close Up Surveillance of Army, Navy
9 September 2014
, by David Tweed and Ting Shi (Bloomberg)

The U.S. should stop its “close in” aerial and naval surveillance of China, a senior Chinese military officer told President Barack Obama’s National Security Adviser Susan Rice, the PLA Daily reported.

General Fan Changlong told Rice on the last day of her three-day visit to Beijing that China hopes the U.S. can take the “correct view” of the development of China’s military, better manage and control frictions, and decrease and even stop close-in military, ship and aircraft surveillance, the state-run newspaper of the People’s Liberation Army.

U.S. surveillance off China’s coast, particularly near the Hainan island naval and submarine base, has been a source of increasing friction between the two countries.

On Aug. 19, a Chinese fighter jet flew within 20 feet of a U.S. P-8 Poseidon submarine surveillance aircraft near Hainan, and rolled to expose its weapons to the pilot, according to the Pentagon.

The U.S. plane was in international airspace and the maneuver was unsafe, the Pentagon said after the incident. China said its pilot acted professionally.

Fan told Rice yesterday that the development of the relationship between two militaries was “generally smooth,” and that the two sides had made progress in building a new type of military relations, establishing a notification mechanism on major armed forces activities and setting up a code of conduct in international waters and air space, the PLA Daily reported.

President Xi Jinping told Rice that the U.S. and China need to work together as the international situation undergoes profound and complex changes, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

Xi said China stands ready to build a model of major country relations with the U.S. based on non-confrontation, non-conflict, mutual respect and win-win cooperation, Xinhua said.

Xi has sought to extend China’s military reach since coming to power in November 2012, with defense spending rising 12.2% this year.

The Communist Party leadership has made it a national goal for China to become a maritime power, with a more combat-ready military and long-range capacity to bolster its claims to a large part of the resource-rich South China Sea.
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