Published: Fri, August 18, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Xi stresses cooperation in talks with U.S. military chief

Xi stresses cooperation in talks with U.S. military chief

Moon, in a televised speech Tuesday on the anniversary of the end of World War II and the Korean Peninsula's liberation from Japanese colonial rule, said that Seoul and Washington agree that the crisis over the North's nuclear program should "absolutely be solved peacefully", and that no US military action on the Korean Peninsula could be taken without Seoul's consent.

General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the highest-ranking military officer of the United States Armed Forces, traveled to Beijing to meet with his approximate Chinese counterpart Fang Fenghui, chief of the Joint Staff Department of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and one of China's highest ranking military officials.

"But wrong actions on the Taiwan issue, the United States deploying the THAAD system around China, U.S. ships and aircraft's activities in the South China Sea, the United States close-in surveillance in the sea and air near China have had a large, negative influence on bilateral military ties and mutual trust", Fan added.

He also declared, amid fears in South Korea that threats from President Donald Trump to unleash "fire and fury" on Pyongyang could lead to real fighting, that there would be no second war on the Korean Peninsula.

"There's no military solution, forget it", Bannon told The American Prospect.

-China military relationship after he arrived in Beijing, yesterday.

Gen Dunford was responding to questions about Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon saying in a new interview that there's no military solution to the threat posed by North Korea.

Xi told Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, that the two countries should deal appropriately with their differences and work together to build a better future.

"This is uncharacteristic of the normal safe behavior we see from the Chinese military", Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis said after the incident.

"Before the 19th (Party) Congress, China fears more of its border instability than a nuclear-armed (North Korea)".

"I do believe right now that there's a long way to go, but we are on a path where there is a possibility - and I hope a probability that we can resolve this peacefully", Gen Dunford said.

Fang said Dunford's visit was a key part of efforts to expand dialogue between the USA and China as agreed by President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, when they met earlier this year.

Trump tweeted early Wednesday that Kim had "made a very wise and well reasoned decision", amid indications North Korea was still reviewing its plans on launching multiple missiles toward Guam.

Dunford says he wants to underscore the United States' "ironclad commitment" to its alliance with Seoul and Tokyo.

The U.S. has over 28,000 service members stationed in South Korea.

In a phone call with Trump on Saturday, Chinese President Xi said all sides should avoid rhetoric or action that would worsen tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

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