China asks US to consider bigger picture of ties

Beijing

A top Chinese military official has said that when handling the South China Sea issue, the United States should look at the bigger picture of the two countries’ relations and cherish a mutual trust.
Fang Fenghui, Chinese PLA Chief of General Staff, held a video conference call the other day with US General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Fang said both countries should respect the consensus reached by their presidents on building a relationship of non-conflict and non-antagonism. Fang stressed that it is not China which has caused the tension in the South China Sea, and the US should avoid doing anything that would jeopardize relations between the armies.
Dunford said conflicts are not in line with the common interests of both countries, and the US would like to enhance dialogue with China. He said he hopes all parties will maintain restraint to prevent the situation from escalating.—Xinhua

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