China says it wants smooth military ties with Trump

China says it wants smooth military ties with Trump

Chinese defence ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said, "Reports in foreign media of Chinese military vehicles patrolling inside Afghanistan do not accord with the facts".

While the two powers have frequently spared over issues such as North Korea's nuclear weapons program and the disputed South China Sea, Yang said both have been trying to improve communication on the military front and reduce the risk of misunderstandings.

Yang, however, admitted that serious challenges remain for the two rivals.

The event aims to strengthen collaboration in the operations of humanitarian rescue and disaster reduction as well deepen pragmatic cooperation, the spokesperson said.

Washington and Beijing interests clash mainly in the South China Sea, with China and USA allies, including the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam, having competing claims to the territory.

Trump surrogates, however, have said that the president-elect would likely leave in place or beef up numerous basic tenets of his predecessor's much-vaunted Asia "pivot".

The latest incident took place in late October near the Paracel Islands, also known as Xisha, when the United States guided-missile destroyer Decatur carried out a safe passage patrol exercise in a move labeled a provocation by China.

The state-run Global Times newspaper said in a November 17 editorial that while "multilateralism is not Trump's style", that did not mean he would shrink the US presence in the Asia-Pacific.

Col. Yang said that there were no hiccups in the construction of the Djibouti base, which was required to help fulfill China's global obligations.