China willing to work with Vietnam to strengthen communication between militaries

China willing to work with Vietnam to strengthen communication between militaries

China’s Defence Minister, Li Shangfu, has expressed his willingness to work with Vietnam to strengthen high-level communication and cooperation between their militaries. During a meeting in Beijing, Li highlighted the chaotic and intertwined international situation and the challenges faced by the security of the Asia-Pacific region. He emphasized the need for China and Vietnam to work together to safeguard their common strategic interests and contribute positively to regional peace and stability. Li also acknowledged the good relations between their militaries and expressed his willingness to push relations to a new level.

The meeting between the two defence ministers took place after the USS Ronald Reagan made a stop in the Vietnamese port of Danang on Sunday. This is the third visit by a U.S. aircraft carrier since the end of the Vietnam War. The U.S. navy visit comes amid tension between China and the United States in the South China Sea, where China claims most of the region, and the two powers jostle for influence in the energy-rich area.

Li has recently met with South Africa’s defence force commander and Thailand’s army chief, but he has not held talks with U.S. Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin. Both Li and Austin attended a security summit in Singapore in early June, but Li declined the offer of a meeting. Li, who was appointed defence minister in March, is under U.S. sanctions over his role in a 2017 weapons purchase from Russia’s largest arms exporter. China has said it wants the sanctions dropped to facilitate discussions.

As tensions simmer in the South China Sea, where several countries have overlapping territorial claims and also hold military exercises in its waters, any thaw in Sino-U.S. military relations is being closely watched. Beijing scrapped three major avenues of military communication with the United States in August last year in an angry response to a visit by then U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to self-ruled Taiwan.

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