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Band of brothers sets tone

By Li Xiaokun and Zhao Shengnan  (China Daily)

08:39, October 30, 2012

Military musicians from China and the US record a noteworthy moment during a joint rehearsal by the US army and PLA bands at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing on Monday. (Feng Yongbin / China Daily)

Military relations between China and US marching to a better tune

Two military bands are hitting the right note for better relations, and like anything involving the army, action speaks louder than words.

That is what US army officer and musician Colonel Thomas Palmatier believes.

"And here we are," he said on Monday, two hours before the band he leads and conducts, the United States Army Band "Pershing's Own", became the first US military band to stage a joint performance with a Chinese military band in China.

The performance is just the start of a flurry of military exchanges between the two countries as the year draws to a close.

Observers said the joint performance sends a strong signal of warming relations between the two militaries that have gone through ups and downs in recent years.

Good ties between China and the US will also help ease tension in East Asia over territorial issues, they said.

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