BEIJING – China expects to promote the establishment of a new-type of military relations with the United States through a senior military official’s visit to the US from May 15 to 22.
Qian Lihua, director of the Foreign Affairs Office with the National Defense Ministry, made the remarks during an exclusive interview with Xinhua.
The new-type of China-US military relations would feature mutual respect and reciprocal beneficial cooperation, said Qian, adding China hopes to work with the US to ensure the complete success of the Chief of the General Staff of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Chen Bingde’s official visit to the US
During his visit, Chen will hold talks with Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff. He will also meet with US Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Tom Donilon.
Chen’s trip also includes visits to command centers, troops and institutes of the US armed forces, said Qian, adding the high-profile reception arrangements showed the importance paid by US officials to Chen’s trip.