General Fan Changlong, Vice Chair of China’s Central Military Commission, met with his U.S. counterpart, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Thursday during his five day visit to the U.S.
Top China, US military brass meet at PentagonGeneral Fan Changlong, Vice Chair of China’s Central Military Commission, met with his U.S. counterpart, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Thursday during his five day visit to the U.S.
Previous to the meeting, Fan visited two military bases in California and one in Texas. On Friday morning, Fan is scheduled to join U.S. Army General Ray Odierno to sign a U.S.-China ‘Mil-to-Mil’ Dialogue Mechanism (AADM) at the National Defense University. The two met in Beijing in February 2014 when Odierno visited China.
The Chinese delegation started the U.S. trip on Monday, with visits to a Boeing factory in Seattle, the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in San Diego, and the Army base at Fort Hood, Texas, before heading to Washington.
The high-level meeting has drawn special attention because it comes just two weeks after Carter publicly criticized China for its construction work on reefs and islets in the South China Sea. China has described the work as totally within its sovereign rights, while U.S. officials accused China of being provocative and changing the status quo.
The two countries also have been confronted with major challenges in cyber security. The US Justice Department indicted five People’s Liberation Army officers on cyber espionage charges a year ago, triggering protests from the Chinese government and military and resulting in the suspension of the bilateral working group on cyber security.
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