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A Growing Friendship

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“朋友越走越近” 中美军方交往升温已水到渠成
A Growing Friendship
正在美国访问的中国国防部长曹刚川周二在与美国国防部长拉姆斯菲尔德会谈时说了一句中国俗话:“朋友越走越近,亲戚越走越亲”,以此形容中美两军增加来往的重要性。
Tuesday, Chinese Defense Minister Cao Gangchuan cited a Chinese saying during his meeting with US Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld: "As time passes, friends and relatives develop better relationships" to indicate the importance of enhanced Sino-US military ties.
不可想象,两年前这样的话会出自中国国防部长之口。当时撞机事件使得中美两军交往几乎完全停顿;而布什政府执政后鹰派势力做大,中国被视作战略性竞争对手,更使得中美军方交往之路显得山重水复。
It would have been unimaginable for this to come from the Chinese Defense Minister two years ago. At that time, the collision of a Chinese jet and a US spy plane in April 2001 almost stopped communications completely between the Chinese and US military. Moreover, after the Bush administration took power and the government became more hawkish, China was treated as a strategic military competitor. This made the road of Sino-US military relations even more complicated.
随着“九一一”后美国国家安全战略的调整,随着中美两国在反恐、朝核等热点问题上合作的加强,中美两国关系在过去一年多明显好转,两军关系也随之柳暗花明。
Along with the adjustment of the US security strategy after the September 11th incident and the enhanced cooperative relations on counterterrorism, North Korean nuclear weapons and other hotspot issues, Sino-US relations evidently became better this past year. The bilateral military relationship also improved.
最新的例证是,中国中央军委副主席、国务委员兼国防部长曹刚川访问美国,受到了高规格的接待和热情的欢迎。美国总统布什、国防部长拉姆斯菲尔德、国务卿鲍威尔、总统国家安全事务助理赖斯分别会见了曹刚川,而且对发展美中两国、两军关系都作了积极的表态。
The newest example is that the vice-chairman of the Chinese Central Military Commission, Cao Gangchuan, who is also a state councilor and Defense Minister, was enthusiastically welcomed during his US visit. US President George W. Bush, US Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, US Secretary of State Colin Powell and Presidential Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, all met Cao individually. They also mentioned the promoting of bilateral relations with China and the military ties between the two countries.
中国国防部外事办主任张邦栋少将二十九日对记者说,曹刚川副主席访美是中美两国元首推动的结果,今年六月和十月,中国国家主席胡锦涛和美国总统布什两次会晤都提到了这次访问。这是中国新一届中央军委领导成员首次访美,也是中国国防部长七年来首次访美。这次访问是在中美两国关系继续发展,在许多重大问题上取得重要进展的背景下进行的,对于推动两军关系的改善和发展具有非常重要的意义。张邦栋认为,曹刚川副主席此次访美是一次积极的、建设性的、富有成果的访问。
Major General Zhang Bangdong, Director of the Foreign Affairs Office of the Ministry of National Defense, said to reporters on the 29th that vice-chairman Cao's visit to the US was the result of efforts by the two countries' leaders. This June and October, Chinese President Hu Jintao and US President Bush mentioned Cao's visit in both of their meetings. This was the first visit by a member of the new Chinese Central Military Commission, as well as the first visit by a Chinese Defense Minister in the past seven years. This visit was based on the continued development of Sino-US relations and significant improvement in many other issues. This visit was very important for improving and developing bilateral military relations. Zhang Bangdong believes that vice-chairman Cao Gangchuan's visit to the US was very positive, constructive and fruitful.
有两国关系发展的良好氛围,有两国高层交流的政治意愿,中美军方交往逐渐升温也就水到渠成了。最近美中两国海军军舰就互访了湛江和关岛。据最新透露,美国参联会主席迈尔斯将军明年早些时候将访华,参联会副主席佩斯将军也将择机访华。明年中国中央军委领导和中国人民解放军的领导可能访问美国。双方还愿意开展其它层次的交流和专业技术领域的往来。
It is time for the Chinese and US militaries to promote their relationship, along with improving bilateral relations and the two countries' politically motivated willingness to have high-level communications. Recently, the Chinese and US navies mutually visited Zhanjiang and Guam. According to the most recent news, the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Richard Myers, will visit China early next year. The Vice-Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Peter Pace, will visit China sometime. Next year some Chinese Central Military Commissioners and P.L.A leaders may visit the US. Both sides are also willing to develop relations on different levels as well as [develop] communication in technical fields.
改编自:http://gloss.dliflc.edu/Default.aspx