China media: US security talks

  • 27 August 2014
  • From the section China
Papers are hoping for better US-China ties
Image caption Papers are hoping for better US-China ties, amid military tensions

Papers and experts hope that China-US security talks this week will help prevent "unexpected military conflicts" between the two countries.

Chinese and US military officials are holding talks on a code of conduct at the Pentagon, reports say.

The meeting comes days after Washington protested to the Chinese military, saying a Chinese fighter jet intercepted a US military patrol plane in mid-air over international waters east of China's Hainan Island.

China denied the accusation and urged the US to stop "close-in surveillance of China".

The two countries often accuse each other of conducting spying activities. Beijing particularly accuses Washington of interfering in its territorial matters in the South China Sea.

Commenting on the security meeting, experts tell the China Daily that major progress in military ties will not be achieved unless Washington stops its "airspace espionage" activities.

Jin Canrong, a professor of international relations at Renmin University, says that the talks are a "hopeful sign" for "avoiding unexpected military conflicts" on the high seas as "the two countries try to safeguard their own interests".

However, he notes that the development is "unlikely to see either side abandon its existing pattern of [military] practices".

Speculating on last week's jet incident, an unnamed expert points out that the US surveillance jet "may have seriously disrupted the underwater navigation of a Chinese military submarine in the area".

The expert tells the Global Times' Chinese edition that the Chinese submarine may have called for air assistance after it felt threatened by the US military jet.

Despite strong criticism towards the "behaviour of the US military" in the media, some experts say that China and the US can still work as partners.

Shen Dingli, an expert on international affairs, describes Washington as Beijing's "enemy-friend".

"The enmity of the US is apparent when it comes to sovereignty issues… However, Washington should be considered as a 'friend' in terms of economic co-operation with Beijing for the past 30 years," writes the pundit.

'Apology accepted'

Meanwhile, papers continue to discuss China-Vietnam ties but play down the issue of the South China Sea territorial dispute.

Le Hong Anh, a senior member of the ruling Communist Party of Vietnam, started his two-day visit to China on Tuesday. Media in China say Hanoi is "trying to mend ties with Beijing" with the visit.

A front-page commentary in the overseas edition of the People's Daily points out that the dispute "should not create trouble for Beijing-Hanoi ties".

The article blames Western media outlets for "making use of the South China Sea issue to play up anti-China feelings in Vietnam".

"Beijing is aware of this dangerous idea, and it will continue to strongly hold its position on sovereignty issues… Vietnam should realise that it needs Beijing as the development of China has provided an opportunity that no one can replace," says the paper.

And finally, some media outlets welcome Australian billionaire Clive Palmer's "repentance" after the politician apologised over his "mongrels" remark.

Mr Palmer had criticised Beijing for "shooting its own people" and called the Chinese government "mongrels" in an interview last week with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

His comments drew widespread criticism in the Chinese media, with some papers calling for sanctions against his businesses.

In a letter sent to China's ambassador to Australia, the mining tycoon apologised for "any insult to the Chinese people caused by any of the language I used".

"It is important that the mining tycoon's repentance is heart-felt," state-run China Daily says.

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