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US Navy secretary, Chinese minister discuss seas

In this photo taken Nov. 16, 2012 and released by US Navy, the USS George Washington aircraft carrier, second row from bottom right, and JS Hyuga, bottom, cruise with other ships from the US Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force in East China Sea after the conclusion of Keen Sword, a biennial naval exercise by the two countries to respond to a crisis in the Asia-Pacific region. AP

BEIJING — China’s defense minister and the US Navy secretary on Tuesday discussed security at sea and plans to bolster the US military presence in the Asia-Pacific region that have been sharply criticized by Beijing.

China hopes the sides would further cooperation in areas of mutual interest and “manage disparities when conflicts appear,” Gen. Liang Guanglie told Ray Mabus according to the official Xinhua News Agency.

Liang called for “equality, mutual benefit and practical collaboration while developing a new type of relationship between the two militaries,” Xinhua said.

The meeting at the Ministry of National Defense in central Beijing comes just days after China began landing planes on its newly commissioned aircraft carrier, displaying rapid progress toward deploying the ultimate symbol of naval power and force projection.

Mabus also met Tuesday with the commander of the Chinese navy, Adm. Wu Shengli, and plans to tour two ships and a submarine in the eastern port of Ningbo as part of his four-day visit, the US Embassy said.

Beijing has criticized the US’s moves in the Pacific as part of a campaign to encircle and contain China, despite Washington’s claims that it is merely shifting its focus back to the region after winding-down the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Those steps include dispatching up to 2,500 US Marines to rotate through a joint military training hub in the northern Australia city of Darwin and the deployment of a littoral combat ship — a new type of vessel that can operate closer to shore than other ships — to Singapore as part of a reassignment of naval assets to Asia.

China, for its part, has unnerved its neighbors with its moves to assert its claims in the South China Sea and off its east coast. Recent months have seen a standoff with the Philippines over a disputed shoal and frequent confrontations with the Japanese Coast Guard around East China Sea islands claimed by both sides.

Along with acquiring an aircraft carrier, sophisticated fighter jets, and other modern hardware, China has stepped-up training among the 2.3-million-member People’s Liberation Army. State media on Tuesday repeatedly showed footage of ground exercises in the Nanjing Military District that faces Taiwan, the US-allied island democracy that China threatens to bring under its control by force if it has to.

However, despite sometimes bellicose attitudes on both sides, there is also a growing push for greater contact and communication to avoid misunderstandings and build trust. Officers from the sides are meeting in China this week for exchanges on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations that will include a simulated coordinated response to an earthquake in a third country.

Chinese and US sailors have also cooperated in training missions and anti-piracy patrols off the coast of Somalia.

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  • dprotector

    US Secretary of Navy Ray Mabus and China’s defense minister is meeting to discuss the growing US military presence in the West Philippine Sea. This sounds very “comforting” for communist China’s leadership.

  • ofwme2807

    China is weary and scared to death of US Navy and Air force re-deployment to Asia Pacific sooner  than 2020 maybe starting as early next year hehehe…They’re being watched by Uncle Sam both in the mainland, at sea and down under the sea…They are encircling the Chekwas movement in the SCS so sorry couldn’t advance their forceful takeover of Panatag Shoal and the other Spratlys islands in WPS…..The Chinese have been effectively stopped from their aggressive stance and military build up in Panatag Shoal and in the other fronts against Vietnam Korea and their masters and teacher Japan..Oh come on China you cannot fight all your neighbors at the same time and with US in the background…hahaha the Chekwas are now quiet and contemplating their next moves in the WPS…

  • ofwme2807

    China is now talking and talking to Uncle Sam because he is effectively stopped from being so aggressive against smaller neighbors…pack up na mga chekwas walang mangyayari sa plano nyo hanggat andyan si uncle sam hahaha…

  • ofwme2807

    SCS and WPS is simply too much big an area and so important to all countries around it that you cannot claim and enjoy its resources alone now and in the future…It is so far away from your mainland that you cannot own, stay and defend the area not even for a short time…you are saying its yours since ancient times but why it is not in your possession up to now you cannot even land and step there even for a minute..hahaha they own yet they cannot use and land on it…

  • DakuAkongUtin

    To kayumangmangs especially Raultoy and Maomaogook, mag pasipsip na kayo sa mga puti para matulungon na kayo. Its never too late bec your squatter days are coming to an end.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Isaganilla-Gella/100003610474613 Isaganilla Gella

    ikaw AFPako  ”please lang..”mag comment ka lang ng sa iyo ”hayaan ang comment ng iba..” saka ayosin mo ang mga terminology mo..CHINA WILL NOT INVADE PHILIPPINES” HE CANNOT DEFEAT THE PHILIPPINES by GROUND ATTACK”Mark my words,,!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Isaganilla-Gella/100003610474613 Isaganilla Gella

    kong may mga pilipino na kapos sa buhay’ nagagawa pa rin na maka survive a t’hindi nman lahat CRAB MENTALITY”Maliliit ang utak ng mga filipino pero solido at hindi kagaya ng ibang lahi malalaki ang katawan  pero ang utak lugaw at ampaw nman ang kaisipan”Naging BIKTIMA LANG NG UNFAIR JUSTICE AT POLITICAL ABUSE ANG BANSA, pero hindi papayag ang bawat FIILIPINO NA LAGING NAAPI HABAMBUHAY”Naniniwala ako na ang mga bagong GENERATION AY MAYRON  KAKAYANAN NA MAKABANGON SA KINALOLOGMUKAN KAHIRAPAN”Ang inang Bayan ay hindi papayag na tuluyang magkakahati-hati ang Dugong  KAYUMANGGI AT HINDI MAGING KAYUMANG-MANG HABANG BUHAY”FILIPINO GREAT ACHIEVEMENT IS USSUALLY BORN OF GREAT SACRIFICES”

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