Senior Chinese military official meets U.S. officials on bilateral, military ties

09:07, October 29, 2009      

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Sino-U.S. relations have been maintaining a good momentum of development since U.S. President Barack Obama came to office in January, a senior Chinese military official told U.S. officials on Tuesday.

Visiting Vice Chairman of China's Central Military Commission Xu Caihou held separate meetings with U.S. National Security Advisor James Jones and Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg on Tuesday.

Xu said Chinese President Hu Jintao and his U.S. counterpart Obama reached an important consensus at their meeting in London in April to jointly build a positive, cooperative and comprehensive relationship between the two nations for the 21st century, ushering in a new phase in bilateral ties.

As one of the most important bilateral relationships in the world, a sound China-U.S. relationship not only conforms to the fundamental interests of the two peoples, but is also conducive to peace, stability and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region and the world at large, the Chinese general said.

Xu said China is ready to work with the U.S. side to make continued efforts to increase mutual trust and cooperation so as to push forward bilateral ties in a healthy and stable way.

As an important component of the China-U.S. relationship, military ties play an important role in enhancing strategic mutual trust between the two nations and deepening their pragmatic cooperation, and have a great influence on efforts to safeguard regional stability and world peace, he said.

The general said his U.S. trip is aimed at implementing the consensus reached by Hu and Obama to improve and develop relations between the two countries' armed forces, and promoting military exchanges and cooperation.

He said the Chinese side is ready to work with the United States to treat and handle sensitive issues from a strategic height and by taking a comprehensive view of the overall situation, and play a positive role in fostering healthy and stable development of bilateral relations and military-to-military ties.

Jones said there is a huge potential for the United States and China to jointly cope with world challenges and the two militaries should seize the good opportunity to further their ties.

Steinberg said the two nations are "in the same boat" and their fates are linked closely with each other.

Both U.S. and Chinese militaries have the responsibility to expand exchanges, he said.

Development of military ties is conducive to the security of the peoples of the two nations and regional and global stability, he added.

At the two meetings, both sides also exchanged views on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue and Iran's nuclear issue, among other international and regional security issues.

The Chinese general is visiting the United State from Oct. 24 to Nov. 3 at the invitation of U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

Source: Xinhua
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