Since the first video conference between the United States and Chinese militants last month, the Chinese military has been blaming the United States for its military ties to the weaker military.
Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) senior Colonel Wu Qian, who heads the Ministry of Defense’s information office in Beijing, told reporters that the United States has provoked China and is blocking its development.
Col. Wu said at a press conference in late September, “As we all know, the continued US provocations against China and the deterrence against China have led to many difficulties in China-US military relations and There are challenges. ” Recently released by Chinese authorities.
The comments came as China’s new US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Michael Chase held a video conference with PLA Maj. Gen. Huang Joping and the deputy director of the PLA International Military Cooperation Office on September 28 and 29. arranged. China’s Defense Policy Coordination Talks
Col. Wu’s harsh remarks accusing the United States contradict the rosy assessment of US-China military relations presented by the Pentagon at the Chase Huang video conference.
A Pentagon spokesman, Lt. Col. Martin Miners, said: “This meeting is an important part of the Biden Harris administration’s ongoing efforts to responsibly address the competition between the United States and the PRC.
Col. Miners said Mr. Chase and Gen. Huang “had a clear, in-depth and open discussion on a number of issues affecting USPRC defense relations.”
He said that both sides have confirmed the consensus to keep the communication channels open. The US side also reiterated its commitment to maintaining common ground with its allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region.
Col. Wu, meanwhile, claimed that although military-to-military relations between the United States and China are important, China will only establish bilateral military ties “on the basis that China’s sovereignty, dignity and fundamental interests will not be violated.”
He said the PLA welcomes communication and co-operation and is “ready to face differences and oppose oppression”.
“However, the United States has serious problems with the perception of China, itself and the world, which is the main reason for the current difficult situation in relations between the two countries and the two militants,” Wu said. .
He also said the PLA wanted the United States to “correct its mistakes” and “join hands with China” to seek closer military ties.
Tensions between the two militants have risen in recent months over Chinese military incursions into the South China Sea, where Beijing has recaptured about 3,300 acres of disputed islands and placed missiles on some of them. Are
The Chinese military has opposed step-by-step cooperation with Taiwan, including a recent defense offer of more than 10 10 billion.
China has also complained about increased US naval freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, including the passage of warships by sea, which China claims as 90 percent of its territorial waters.
China has also carried out offensive airstrikes in Taiwan’s air defense zone, including recent flights of more than 150 fighter jets, including H-6 bombers near the island.
China’s rebuke of the Biden administration’s efforts to resume military exchanges comes amid controversy over the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Millie, who spoke to a Chinese general last fall and told him That the US military would warn China before any attack
General Milli has defended calls that were not in line with the White House or the State Department, saying he was “specifically instructed by the Department of Defense Guidance, the policy dialogue system, to engage with the Chinese.” Has been done. ”
He told the Senate Armed Services Committee in September that “high-level military communications are critical to US security in ending military operations, handling the crisis and preventing war between major nuclear-armed powers.” 28.
Military exchanges between the United States and China have been controversial since they began in 1979.
Congress limited military engagements with China in 2000 to prevent the PLA from gaining knowledge of combat skills and exchanges.
During the Trump administration, military exchanges continued but were limited to China and the PLA as part of policies designed to curb aggressive military activity and coercion.