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Top Chinese, U.S. military officers hold talks
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
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.
Chen said his visit is also aimed at further enhancing mutual
understanding, boosting mutual trust and promoting cooperation,
and working to push for fresh progress in the development of
relations between the two militaries.
He expressed the belief that the two armies will unswervingly
follow the path of friendly cooperation.
He noted that a healthy, stable, and reliable military-to-military
relationship is an important component of the cooperative partnership
based on mutual respect and mutual benefit, and should grow further.
Only by respecting and taking care of each others' core interests,
and properly handling differences and sensitive issues, can the
two sides achieve healthy and stable development of bilateral
relations, he said.
Chen expressed China's readiness to work with the U.S. side
to advance the relations between the two militaries.
Mullen and Chen also held in-depth discussions on some other
issues including the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula, anti-piracy
efforts, counter terrorism and cyber security, which helped deepen
Ahead of the talks, Mullen hosted a grand welcome ceremony for
Chen at the Fort Myer military base outside Washington D.C.,
with a 19-gun salute.
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