General urges U.S. to discard Cold War mindset

By Zhang Ming'ai
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"On one hand, the U.S. claims that China's increased military spending constitutes a threat, but on the other hand the U.S.'s alliances [in the Pacific] have contained and blocked China's economic development. We lodged strong protest against the [South Korean] drills because they were carried out very close to the Bohai Rim Economic Zone and the Yangtze River Delta Economic Zone, which hold strategic importance to China," Jin said.

Jin explained that the U.S. military's recent exercises in the East China Sea create a double standard for military engagement and threaten China's sovereignty.

"The U.S. would certainly not allow any country to hold military drills off its East and West coasts. Under such conditions any sovereign country would take appropriate measures to further prevent its economic zones from being threatened," Jin said.

"China hasn't sought to form any military alliance with U.S. neighbors, such as Cuba, Peru, Venezuela, or Mexico, and China seldom sells arms to South American countries. However, U.S. arms sales to Taiwan are a real threat to China's sovereignty and territorial integrity," Jin added.

Jin further differentiated Sino-U.S. relations with that of former US-Soviet ties, citing the strength of the China-U.S. economic relationship.

"Trade volume between the U.S. and former Soviet Union was extremely small and there were no economic exchanges between the two countries. Currently annual trade volume between China and the U.S. is $400 billion U.S. dollars. China also holds nearly $1.16 trillion in U.S. debt. No nation in history has been willing to lend so much money to another country," Jin said.

Jin further citied China's purchasing of U.S. debt during the 2008-2009 financial crisis as proof of its willingness to improve Sino-American ties, despite the U.S.'s hostile treatment of issues sensitive to China.

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