Senior Chinese military official meets U.S.defense secretary

09:30, May 20, 2011      

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China's senior military official Chen Bingde met U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates in Washington Wednesday as the two countries seek to build military ties.

Welcoming the visit by Chen, Chief of the General Staff of the People's Liberation Army (PLA), Gates said good relations between the armed forces of the two countries served the interests of both countries.

Gates said both sides had made some progress in their military relations, noting more frequent and substantial exchanges between the two armies were expected as the ties between the two countries grew.

The two sides needed to strengthen dialogue and consultation as well as cooperation in the fields where they shared common interests, and curb the differences and contradictions effectively, Gates said.

The U.S. was committed to continuously pushing ahead relations between the two countries and their armed forces, he said.

Chen said China hoped to establish a sound and stable military relationship between the two countries, which would be beneficial not only to both countries and their peoples, but also to global and regional peace and stability.

China was willing to embark on cooperation with the U.S. in such areas as fighting sea pirates and disaster relief, Chen said.
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Source: Xinhua
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