BEIJING, May 6 (Xinhuanet) -- Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie has begun a six-day visit to the United States. His visit is expected to help reduce misunderstandings between the two militaries.
The first visit by a Chinese Defense Minister in nine years
Liang Guanglie issued a written statement on his arrival in San Francisco noting that China-U.S. relations have seen progress after experiencing many ups and downs over the past 40 years.
He said history has proved that China and the United States can be partners rather than competitors.
Liang also added that his visit aims to implement the consensus reached between Chinese President Hu Jintao and US President Barack Obama on building a partnership based on mutual respect and benefit. The consensus also aims to push forward the development of bilateral and military ties.
His visit will include meetings with US government and military leaders.
A major topic on the agenda will be China’s stance on the South China Sea.
Liang will also tour a number of major US military bases including Southern Command, Fort Benning, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.