WASHINGTON, April 29 (Xinhuanet) -- Senior Chinese and US military officials agreed to strengthen military exchanges and promote mutual trust in the coming year after holding their seventh round of consultation on defense at vice-ministerial level here on
Thursday and Friday.
The Chinese side is headed by Xiong Guangkai, deputy
chief of the general staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, and the US
side by Douglas Feith, undersecretary of defense for policy.
During the consultation, the two sides exchanged
views on regional and international security situations, state-to-state
relations and bilateral military ties, as well as other issues of common
The Chinese side briefed US officials on the contents
of a new edition of China's Defense White Paper and the Chinese military
modernization while the US side informed Chinese officials of the plan for the
redeployment of US military forces around the world.
Both sides agreed that China and the United States
have common interests on many regional and global issues and therefore should
strengthen coordination and bilateral exchanges, broaden common ground in order
to maintain regional and global peace and stability.
Both sides also agreed the US and Chinese militaries
should strengthen dialogue and bilateral exchanges in order to enhance mutual
understanding and trust.
The atmosphere of the consultation was described as
"frank and constructive" with both sides agreeing that the talks had achieved
During his stay in Washington, Xiong also met US
Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, National Security Adviser Stephen
Hadleyand Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns. Enditem