China welcomes the United States’ willingness to develop a stable mi
litary-to-military relationship, but will remain steadfast in safeguarding national sove
reignty and security, a senior Chinese military official said on Saturday in Singapore.
In a keynote speech at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue on Saturday morning, acting US Defen
se Secretary Patrick Shanahan said that China and the US can still have a cooperative relati
onship. Although competition does exist between the two countries, it does not always mean conflict, he added.
Shanahan also noted some “destabilizing activities” in Asia and emphasized the US’s military
presence and commitment in the region. He called for more communication between the US and Chi
nese militaries to settle their differences and build a constructive relationship.