China's military vows to earnestly implement presidents' consensus

08:11, November 20, 2009      

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China's military will earnestly implement the important consensus reached by the Chinese and U.S. presidents in efforts to steadily advance bilateral military ties, Defense Ministry spokesman Huang Xueping said Thursday.

Huang was responding to a question concerning the outlook for the coming year on the Sino-U.S. military relations.

He said the important consensus on bilateral military relations reached by the two presidents showed a clear direction for future development.

China and the United States issued a joint statement in Beijing Tuesday, pledging that the two countries would "take concrete steps" to advance "sustained and reliable" military-to-military relations.

The joint statement came after the talks between Chinese President Hu Jintao and U.S. counterpart Barack Obama.

In the statement, the two sides also commended the outcomes of the visit to the U.S. by General Xu Caihou, vice chairman of the Chinese Central Military Commission, in October.

China would diligently follow the important consensus reach by the two heads of state, deepen understanding and cooperation between the two militaries in the light of the content of next year's military contacts agreed by Xu and U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

Xu and Gates reached a consensus in Washington on seven issues, including promoting high-level military visits.

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