rs, and we will not let others bully or prey upon us either,” he added.
Lieutenant General He Lei, former vice-president of the PLA Academy of Military Science, said Wei’s
speech clearly and objectively articulated the purposes, positions and aspirations of the Chinese military.
“Wei’s speech demonstrates the confidence of the PLA and the Chinese people. Som
e might think his tone is a bit tough, but I think it is perfectly appropriate,” He said.
Wei also “honestly answered all 22 very sensitive and difficult” questions from the audience
, further cementing the PLA’s image as a confident and responsible force, he added.
Major General Jin Yinan, a retired professor of international relations at PLA National D
efense University, said Wei has highlighted the fact that China is a nation that promotes inclusive and coo
perative relations between cultures, but it also has principles and bottom lines that should not be crossed.
ral rights of a sovereign state, and a necessary measure to counter those provocative actions.”
Mutual trust also is growing between China and countries in the region due to joint effo
rts. The overall situation in the South China Sea is stable and becoming better, Shao said.
“Countries from the region have the will, wisdom and capability to manage differences and jointly
promote peace, thus transforming the area into a sea of peace, friendship and cooperation,” he said.
On the Korean Peninsula question, China insists on denuclearizing the penin
sula, and solving issues through dialogue and consultation, Shao said.
“China has consistently, seriously, fully and rigorously implemented
the United Nation’s resolutions regarding the peninsula,” he said. “China also is willing to
work with various parties to promote the denuclearization of the peninsula via political solutions.”
US states continue to value trade relations with China, despite ongoing tensions at the i
nternational level, and they hope tensions will be resolved through negotiations.
“I’m very optimistic on the China-US trade relationship,” Cyrus Habib, lieutenant governor of Washington, said in an inter
view with China Daily as he was attending the Fifth China-US Governors Forum in Lexington, Kentucky, last week.
China is the state of Washington’s top trading partner, with more than 20 percent of the state’s expor
ts going to China, and around 30 percent of its imports came from China in 2018, according to the US Census Bureau.
“It’s truly something that touches every part of our state,” said Habib. “And that went from the i
nformation communication technology sector and manufacturing sector all the way to the agricultural industry and tourism.”