Archive for the ‘military intentions’ Category

SecDef Talks With China Yield Few Answers

November 5, 2007

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press Writer
November 5, 2007

BEIJING – U.S. defense officials came away Monday with few answers to their many questions about China’s military build-up, but the two countries agreed to work together on efforts to steer Iran away from its nuclear ambitions.
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, right, reviews an honor guard with Chinese Defense Minister Cao Gangchuan during a welcome ceremony in Beijing Monday Nov. 5, 2007.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, after a 90-minute meeting with Chinese Defense Minister Cao Gangchuan, said the two “agreed that is it important to pursue efforts to persuade the Iranian government to change their behavior and their policies peacefully, through diplomatic means.”

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China’s military build-up could threaten regional security: US commander

August 21, 2007

PHNOM PENH (AFP) – The region’s top US military commander Tuesday expressed concern over China’s rapid military build-up, just days after an unprecedented display of Beijing’s firepower during war games with Russia.

China professes to be advocating a peaceful rise,” said Admiral Timothy J. Keating, head of the US Pacific Command, during his first official trip to Cambodia, where he met with senior defence officials.  “Some of the systems they’re developing and some of the capabilities that they’re demonstrating would indicate to us that perhaps their intentions aren’t exactly beneficial to security … throughout the Pacific.  So we’re watching carefully,” he said.

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