Chinese President Xi Jinping met with visiting U.S. Secretary of Defence James Mattis in Beijing.
Xi said the world is undergoing major developments, transformation, and adjustment. It’s following a path of multi-polarisation and economic globalisation and countries have become even more interdependent.
As per Xinhua, Xi stated, China will neither pursue the path of expansionism and colonialism nor cause chaos to the world.
China-U.S. relations are one of the most important bilateral ties in the world, Xi added.
Talking about the Pacific Ocean, Xi said it is vast enough to accommodate China and the United States, including other countries.
“When we see common interests between China and the United States, we do not shy away from differences,” Xinhua quoted Xi as saying.
Xi said, the real experts on military affairs do not want to employ military means to solve issues between the two countries and he hopes that the two militaries will strengthen communication, increase mutual trust, deepen cooperation, manage and control risks and promote military ties.
In response, Mattis said, the United States attaches great importance to relations between the two countries and military ties do play a vital role in the bilateral relations.
The United States is willing to strengthen strategic communication, expand mutually-beneficial cooperation, manage and control differences and risks, prevent conflicts and confrontations, Mattis said.
Mattis also conveyed U.S. President Donald Trump’s greetings to Xi.