China to promote military ties with US

The U.S. delegation led by U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta (2nd L) meets with Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie (not in picture) and his delegation at the Bayi Building in Beijing September 18, 2012. Panetta is on the second official stop of a three-nation tour to Japan, China and New Zealand. Photo: Reuters

The Chinese delegation led by China's Defense Minister Liang Guanglie (R) meets with the U.S. Delegation, led by U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta (not in picture), at the Bayi Building in Beijing September 18, 2012. Panetta is on the second official stop of a three-nation tour to Japan, China and New Zealand. Photo: Reuters

Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie on Tuesday called for more efforts to promote a new type of military ties between China and the US.

Liang made the comments at a joint press conference with visiting US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta after their talks on bilateral military ties.

"The two sides should, within the framework of building a China-U.S. cooperative partnership, advance a new type of military ties featuring equality, reciprocity and win-win cooperation in an active and pragmatic way," Liang said.

He added that the two sides should increase the number of talks and cooperation to enhance mutual understanding and trust, deepen exchanges and cooperation and continuously lead their military relations to higher levels.

Panetta also said that the United States intend to establish a relationship that is healthy, stable, reliable, and continuous with China.

Liang and Panetta exchanged views on issues including U.S. weapon sales to Taiwan, the Diaoyu Islands, the U.S.'s strategy of rebalancing policy, the South China Sea, cyberspace and space security.

Panetta arrived in Beijing Monday evening, kicking off his first visit to China as Pentagon chief.

China is the second leg of his week-long Asia-Pacific visit, which also brings him to Japan and New Zealand.


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