Although the Chinese media endeavored to portray the meeting of Communist Party leader Xi Jinping with US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis as polite and productive, the condescending tone of their coverage reveals a picture of Xi giving a lecture on China's sacred territorial rights while Mattis listened quietly.
The really interesting aspect of the visit of the secretary is that his own office did not tell us much about what he said to Xi .
Granted, Mattis drew attention to ] He had an open mind and open ears before leaving for China, but he also said he was traveling to Beijing for a "conversation". About his side of this conversation has been reported very little.
run Xinhua cited the news service in detail Xi's comments and summarized Mattis' response as a general desire to work more closely with the Chinese military:
"If we have common interests between China and the United States see, we will not be afraid of differences, "said the president.
"Our stance is firm and clear when it comes to China's sovereignty and territorial integrity," said Xi, adding that "every inch of ancestral territory can not be lost while we were nothing from others . "
As an important part of bilateral relations, Xi said military relations have maintained a solid developmental momentum in recent years.
"It has long been known that the true experts in military affairs do not want to use" military means to solve problems, "said Xi.
Xi noted that increased military exchanges and institutional building at different levels Helps to dispel doubts and prevent misunderstandings, misperceptions and accidents.
Xi said he hopes that both military forces will strengthen communication, strengthen mutual trust, deepen cooperation, manage and control risk, and promote military relations Stabilizing Bilateral Relations.
China's Global Times also cited analysts who buzzed over Xi's momentous remarks had little to say about the defense minister's response:
"There are some issues Regarding China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, ch. w As a result of the US-American upheavals, things are becoming increasingly tense. "For example, questions of the South China Sea and the Taiwan question. "Through the meeting, China sends a warning to the US, affirming its bottom line," said Diao Daming, an American studies expert and associate professor at Renmin University of China, to the Global Times.
Mattis has heard The most authoritative voice from China on these issues and questions, and this may indicate that China's legitimate activities in regions like the South China Sea and the Taiwan Strait will not be affected by military action from the US, said Xu Guangyu, a retired PLA He thanked Xi for his meeting with him and said that the US appreciates military relations with China and that the US is ready to strengthen strategic communication. Win-win cooperation should be extended, differences and Controlling and managing risks and avoiding conflicts and confrontation with China, CCTV reported.
The same was true of Matti's meeting with Chinese Defen Minister Wei Fenghe, who was quoted as bringing Global Times China's positions on the South China Sea, Taiwan and Korea, while Mattis did not say a word.
It's hard to scold the Chinese papers for minimizing Mattis when the official Defense Department's reading of the meeting says even less about the secretary's statements than Xinhua: [June 27, 2018] Defense Minister James N. Mattis met in separate Meetings in Beijing with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Politburo member Yang Jiechi and Minister of National Defense, General Wei Fenghe.
Minister Mattis reiterated the importance of strategic transparency in the defense relationship between the US and China. Heads of State and Government discussed a wide range of defense issues and reaffirmed the importance of full, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea.
Mattis is short but not shy, and recently he has voiced some criticism [19659-03] in the Chinese militarization of the South China Sea [1965-903]. One day after he met with Xi, Mattis made headlines in Seoul when promised America's troop contingent for South Korea "ironic." It is noteworthy that DoD allows Xi to capture all the headlines by not putting in the spotlight everything that Mattis said to him. It also gives the impression that the meeting was a little more frosty than anyone in Beijing or Washington would admit.