Top Chinese, U.S. military officers hold talks

09:09, May 19, 2011      

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Top Chinese and U.S. military officers held talks Tuesday in Washington on exchanging views on relations between the two militaries as well as international and regional issues.

The talks were led by Chen Bingde, chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) who is visiting as the head of a PLA delegation, and Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Welcoming Chen's visit, Mullen said the visit was of great importance to the future development of relations between the two armies, sending a positive signal to the world and representing an important step in building reliable relations between them.

Mullen also said developing the military-to-military ties serves both sides' interests, as there is considerable scope for them to cooperate on many international and regional issues.

He said the U.S. side is willing to enhance dialogue and communication with the Chinese side, and expand their cooperation in various areas.

Chen said Chinese President Hu Jintao, during his visit to the United States in January, reached important consensus with his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama on building a cooperative partnership based on mutual respect and mutual benefit, charting the course for the development of bilateral ties.

"The purpose of my current visit is to implement the important consensus reached by President Hu and President Obama on developing the relations between the two militaries," Chen said.
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Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
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