China urged the US to stop “close-in surveillance”

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Chinese and US military officials are holding talks on a code of conduct at the Pentagon, reports say.

The meeting comes days after Washington protested to the Chinese military, saying a Chinese fighter jet intercepted a US military patrol plane in mid-air over international waters east of China’s Hainan Island.

China denied the accusation and urged the US to stop “close-in surveillance of China”.

The two countries often accuse each other of conducting spying activities. Beijing particularly accuses Washington of interfering in its territorial matters in the South China Sea.

Commenting on the security meeting, experts tell the China Daily that major progress in military ties will not be achieved unless Washington stops its “airspace espionage” activities.

Jin Canrong, a professor of international relations at Renmin University, says that the talks are a “hopeful sign” for “avoiding unexpected military conflicts” on the high seas as “the two countries try to safeguard their own interests”.

However, he notes that the development is “unlikely to see either side abandon its existing pattern of [military] practices”.

Speculating on last week’s jet incident, an unnamed expert points out that the US surveillance jet “may have seriously disrupted the underwater navigation of a Chinese military submarine in the area”.

The expert tells the Global Times’ Chinese edition that the Chinese submarine may have called for air assistance after it felt threatened by the US military jet.

Despite strong criticism towards the “behaviour of the US military” in the media, some experts say that China and the US can still work as partners.

Shen Dingli, an expert on international affairs, describes Washington as Beijing’s “enemy-friend”.

“The enmity of the US is apparent when..

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