Top U.S. military officer eyes more U.S.-China dialogs

07:58, July 11, 2011      

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Top U.S. military officer Mike Mullen on Sunday called for more dialogs between the armed forces of the United States and China to minimize miscalculation and boost mutual trust.

Mullen, chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff, made the remarks as he delivered a speech titled Cooperative Security and Regional Stability in Asia at Beijing-based Renmin University of China.

"China and the United States not only share the Pacific Ocean, but potentially a bright future together," said the U.S. admiral, adding that the two countries are facing common challenges and have shared interests in Asia as well as globally.

"China's rise does not imply the United States' decline," Mullen said, adding that he looked forward to deepened and broadened military-to military dialogs with the Chinese side as China grows more and more powerful and influential.

A rising, peaceful China is positive for the world, he said.

In his speech, Mullen also hailed the progress made by the two countries in terms of their military-to-military exchanges over the past months.

In January, then U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates made a four-day visit to China and Chen Bingde, chief of the General Staff of Chinese People's Liberation Army visited the United States four months later.

Mullen himself is making a visit to China at the invitation of Chen, as a part of high-level military-to-military exchanges between the two countries.

Besides his talks slated for Monday morning with Chen, Mullen is also scheduled to meet with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission Guo Boxiong and Defense Minister Liang Guanglie, respectively.

During his visit, Mullen is scheduled to visit China's air force, army and navy as well as the Second Artillery Force, China's core force of strategic deterrence.

Source: Xinhua
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