China says it wants smooth military ties with Trump
China said on Wednesday it wanted to develop smooth military-to-military ties with the new US administration of Donald Trump, Reuters.
The two countries have a record of uneasy relations over the disputed South China Sea, yet both have been trying to improve trust between their armed forces to reduce the risk of misunderstanding in any encounters.
Asked about Trump's election, Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said it went without saying there were tensions in the military relationship and China hoped the United States would respect its core interests and concerns.
"China is willing to work hard together with the defense department of the next U.S. government to promote the healthy and stable development of military-to-military relations," Yang told a monthly news briefing.