BEIJING — The United States called for deeper military ties with China Tuesday, including working closer together in areas like peacekeeping, fighting piracy, and disaster relief, despite growing tensions between the two on a range of security issues.
White House National Security Adviser Tom Donilon made the remarks at a meeting with senior Chinese military leader Fan Changlong, two weeks ahead of a summit between the U.S. and Chinese presidents in California.
“An essential part of building a new model for relations between great powers is ensuring we have a healthy, stable and reliable military to military relationship,” Donilon told Fan at the Chinese Defense Ministry, in brief comments before reporters.
He added the two countries should work to face “non-traditional security challenges” including peacekeeping, disaster relief and countering piracy.
Fan, the vice chair of China’s powerful Central Military Commission, called for a “new type of major power relations.”
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