Xi to Pentagon chief: Any inch of China’s territory can’t be lost

Chinese President Xi Jinping told visiting United States Secretary of Defense James Mattis that any inch of China’s territory cannot be lost, during a meeting on June 27.

“Our stance is steadfast and clear-cut when it comes to China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Xi told Mattis, as quoted by Chinese news agency Xinhua.

“Any inch of territory passed down from ancestors can not be lost while we want nothing from others,” Xi added.

Mattis conveyed that United States is willing to strengthen strategic communication, expand mutually-beneficial cooperation, manage and control differences and risks, and prevent conflicts and confrontations, so as to enable military relations to be a constructive factor in promoting the development of bilateral ties.

Mattis also met with his counterpart Minister of National Defense General Wei Fenghe.

“Secretary Mattis reaffirmed the importance of strategic transparency in the U.S.-China defense relationship,” Pentagon Spokesperson Dana W. White said in a statement.

“The leaders discussed a broad range of defense issues and reaffirmed the importance of the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea,” she added.

Sources: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-06/28/c_137285165.htm; https://www.defense.gov/News/News-Releases/News-Release-View/Article/1561829/readout-of-secretary-of-defense-james-n-mattis-meetings-in-beijing-china/