Chinese State Councilor, US Defense Minister hold phone talks

Chinese State Councilor, US Defense Minister hold phone talks

This andated file photo shows the US National Flag and the Chinese National Flag. PHOTO XINHUA BEIJING - Chinese State Councilor and Minister of National Defense Wei Fenghe held phone talks with US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Wednesday.

In the phone talks, Wei said that China and the United States should earnestly implement the consensus reached by the two heads of state.

China hopes to establish sound and stable major-country relations with the United States, Wei said, adding that in the meantime, China will defend its national interests and dignity.

The United States should not underestimate China's determination and capability, Wei said.

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He said that the two militaries should enhance mutual trust, strengthen dialogue and exchanges, manage risks and crises, and carry out practical cooperation to ensure the normal and stable development of bilateral military-to- military relations.

If the Taiwan question is not handled properly, the Chinese military will resolutely safeguard national sovereignty, security and territorial integrity, and will have a negative effect on China-US relations, Wei stressed.

Austin said that the United States will bolster military exchanges and cooperation with China in a candid and open manner, and the United States adheres to one-China policy.

Austin said the two sides should manage competition and risks in a responsible way and properly handle the difficulties facing the two militaries.

The two sides also exchanged views on issues such as maritime and air security and the situation in Ukraine.