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Hope India-US defence ties will be conducive to regional peace: China

When asked about India, US, Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Col Wu Qian said China has noted reports regarding the defence ties

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

File photo of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman welcomes US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis at South Block in New Delhi. (Photo: PTI)
File photo of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman welcomes US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis at South Block in New Delhi. (Photo: PTI)

hopes that the between and the US will be conducive to regional peace and stability and not the opposite, Chinese Ministry said on Thursday.

Asked about and the US firming up close ties during the recent visit of US Secretary James Mattis, Chinese Ministry spokesman Col Wu Qian said has noted the reports in this regard.


Mattis visited from September 26-27 and held high- level bilateral talks.

"We hope that the between and the US will be conducive to regional peace and stability but not the opposite," he said.

has a kept close watch on Mattis' visit, which comes in the backdrop of and steadily stepping up ties.

The US has offered to jointly manufacture F-16 fighter jets and has approved the sale of Guardian drones to for long surveillance missions in the Indian Ocean where Chinese ships and submarines are increasing their presence.

Both and the US also announced close cooperation in the Indo-Pacific regions.

Meanwhile, an article in the state-run Global Times today said peace is paramount for the growth of China-ties.

"Peace is paramount for the growth of China-relations, despite the border war in 1962 and standoffs that came close to military clashes in 1987 and 2017," the article said.

The two countries have reached a consensus that military approach is not the best option for tackling territorial disputes and goes against mutual interests, it said.

"China-ties are intertwined in strategic competition due to geographic factor and strength," the article said, advocating restraint between the two in handling their rivalry.

First Published: Thu, September 28 2017. 19:44 IST
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