U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is welcomed by Sun Jianguo (R), Deputy Chief of General Staff of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, upon his arrival at Beijing International April 7, 2014. Photo/ Agencies Call for increased trust and more cooperation A senior People’s Liberation Army officer has called for more practical military-to-military cooperation with the United States, while urging the US side to take action to avoid misunderstandings and misjudgment. Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of General Staff of the PLA, was quoted on Thursday on the Ministry of National Defense website as saying that China hopes the US will do more to increase trust and strengthen cooperation in order to work together to ensure peace, security and stability in the region. “(China) hopes the US side pays great attention to China’s concerns, earnestly respects China’s core interests, avoids words and actions that harm bilateral relations and reduces activities which cause misunderstandings or miscalculations,” Sun was quoted as telling Harry Harris, commander of the US Pacific Command. The two met on Wednesday on the sidelines of a conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, attended by senior Asia-Pacific defense officials. China has long expressed deep concerns over the frequent close-in surveillance by US military vessels and planes near China’s coast and as well as some words by US military officials that China believes have emboldened certain countries in the region to take a more confrontational attitude in maritime territorial disputes with China in the East and South China seas. Sun stressed that the Asia-Pacific region has been an important platform for military-to-military cooperation between China and the US

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