Chinese Defense Minister visits Pentagon in Name of Peace

Chinese and US militaries have agreed to further strengthen cooperation and exchanges to boost mutual trust and understanding and avoid possible miscalculations and unintended conflicts.

China's Minister of Defense Chang Wanquan, who is leading a military delegation on a four-day visit to the US, said he and US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel have reached a five-point consensus to expand cooperation and exchanges after their "candid and in-depth" talk on Monday morning on bilateral military, regional and global issues.

Both sides recognized that a bilateral military-to-military relationship is an important part of the overall relationship between the two nations, Chang said.

"The development of a bilateral military relationship is gaining momentum at the moment," he told a joint news conference with Hagel on Monday after their talk.

"One of the things we have decided today is that a sustained and substantive military-to-military relationship is an important pillar to strong bilateral relationship," said Hagel.

Chang said both sides agreed to earnestly implement the consensus reached by the presidents of the two nations to strengthen a bilateral military relationship and take it to a new level.

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