Date
25 September 2017
US President Barack Obama talks to Chinese leader Xi Jinping during a meeting at the Zhongnanhai compound in Beijing on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters
US President Barack Obama talks to Chinese leader Xi Jinping during a meeting at the Zhongnanhai compound in Beijing on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

US, China to unveil military agreements, WSJ says

The United States and China are set to unveil military agreements aimed at averting military confrontations between the two powers, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing unnamed US officials.

One of the agreements covers a mechanism for notifying each other of major activities, such as military exercises, and the other sets rules of behavior for encounters in the air and at sea, the report said.

The agreements, along with bilateral pacts on trade of high-tech products and longer-term visas, are rare signs of progress on core issues in the two countries’ rocky relationship, the report said.

The US is trying to consolidate influence in Asia, while China is determined to become the region’s pre-eminent military and economic power, according to the newspaper.

White House officials declined to provide details of the military agreements to be discussed Wednesday.

Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser, said the two sides had been discussing ways to address instances where US and Chinese military assets “came a little too close for comfort”, the Journal reported.

“It’s incredibly important that we avoid inadvertent escalation and that we don’t find ourselves again having an accidental circumstance lead into something that could precipitate a conflict,” Rhodes was quoted as saying.

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