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China remains open to defense chief dialogue with US during ADMM-Plus meeting

2022-11-21 10:19:38       source:Global Times

November 20, 2022

The Chinese and US sides are "communicating and coordinating" with each other on bilateral exchanges on the sidelines of the upcoming ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus), said the Chinese Defense Ministry on Sunday morning, as experts said that to what extent the meeting would bring positive outcomes that could benefit regional and world peace and stability depends on whether or not the US military will implement the US president's reaffirmed promise of not seeking conflict with China.

"The Chinese side holds a positive and open attitude toward exchanges with the US side during the ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting-Plus," said Senior Colonel Tan Kefei, spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense, when responding to a question that if the defense ministers of the two countries would hold talks on the sidelines of the ADMM-Plus  to be held in Cambodia. Tan said the relevant departments of the two sides "are maintaining communication and coordination" in this regard.

Earlier on Saturday, the Chinese Defense Ministry announced that Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe will attend the 9th ADMM-Plus and visit Cambodia from Sunday to Thursday on the invitation of Phnom Penh.

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