By Ma Qian, Sina English
U.S. Pacific commander Samuel Locklear just concluded his visit to China in late June.
In retrospect of the visit on July 11, the admiral said the two countries have more areas of convergence than divergence, and the U.S. has been committed to build strong relationships with China. Locklear also underscored that America has absolutely no intention to contain China.
The commander went on a four-day visit to China from June 26 to 29, marking the first such trip by a U.S. Pacific Command chief.
During the visit, Locklear held meetings with Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie, Ma Xiaotian, deputy chief of the general staff of the People's Liberation Army (PLA), and other senior Chinese military leaders.
Since taking the helm at the Pacific Command in April, Locklear has placed it his top priority to promote a stable Sino-U.S. military relationship, as he told the American Forces Press Service (AFPS) in an interview yesterday.
After the late June visit, the chief said he was more convinced that the two powers would manage to reach agreements in a broad spectrum of fields, as they share more common ground than differences.
Likewise, Locklear claimed that a favorable U.S.-China relationship is in the interests of all nations around the world, and positive military-to-military ties are of vital significance. Speaking to the AFPS, the chief called his visit to China "an initial step in the right direction", conducive to pushing forward the healthy and stable development of bilateral ties.
"It is in all our best interests to figure out how to do this together,” he said, “As China emerges as a regional power and maybe eventually a global economic power, the question is how we could help in a positive way to boost regional security and prosperity.”