Chinese vice president urges mutual trust between China-U.S.armed forces

08:54, July 12, 2011      

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Vice President Xi Jinping on Monday urged China and the United States to expand common ground and deepen mutual trust in order to boost military ties.

"I hope the two countries' defense departments and armed forces will remove obstacles and promote their ties with mutual respect and mutually beneficial cooperation," Xi told Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.

During his Monday meeting with Mullen, Xi hailed Sino-U.S. relations, saying that they represent one of the world's most important bilateral relationships and that their influence has exceeded the bilateral sphere and has become global in nature.

He recalled President Hu Jintao's visit to the United States earlier this year, urging the two sides to expand cooperation in various fields and properly handle differences and sensitive issues.

"Current bilateral military relations are in line with the consensus previously reached by the heads of state of both nations," said Xi, who is also vice chairman of the Central Military Commission.

Mullen said the U.S. side will boost bilateral military relations on the basis of mutual respect and trust. He also pledged to facilitate future military dialogues and exchanges with China.

Guo Boxiong, vice chairman of the Central Military Commission, also met with Mullen Monday afternoon.

Guo spoke highly of the current state of relations between the two armed forces, urging the U.S. side to strictly abide by the three Sino-U.S. joint communiques and to stop selling weapons to Taiwan.

Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie also met with Mullen Monday afternoon.

Liang urged both sides to "proceed in the same direction" and properly handle existing differences in order to boost bilateral military ties.

Source: Xinhua
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