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Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission Xu Caihou has met with John Hamre, president of a key think tank for Obama administration. The meeting heralds a series of senior exchanges this week between Beijing and Washington that could shed some positive signs for bilateral relations.
Emerging from recent cool relations, China and the United States are back at the negotiating table.
John Hamre is not officially representing the US government. But as former deputy defense minister, he now heads a Washington think tank that advises President Barack Obama on key global issues.
Vice Chairman Xu told him China is willing to maintain dialogue to advance bilateral military ties. He believes think tanks can contribute to this process.
Xu said, "I remember you once said that China's rise presents an OPPORTUNITY to both countries and China's prosperity serves the interests of the Americans.I was impressed by this attitude."
At the meeting, both countries expressed willingness to end the current tension. Discussions on the resumption of high-level military exchanges are also back on the agenda.
Dr. John Hamre, President o Center for Strategies and Int'l Studies, said, "I have been asked to relay warm invitation back to my government for visits. I have been in communication with some members of my government while I am here. I think there is genuine interest in Washington too. Well, no, this is something the governments have to work out."
China-US relations have been complicated since the beginning of the year.
First of all, it was Washington's six billion dollar arms sales to Taiwan that drew strong opposition from China.
|Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission Xu Caihou has met with John |
Hamre, president of a key think tank for Obama administration. The meeting heralds
a series of senior exchanges this week between Beijing and Washington that could
shed some positive signs for bilateral relations.
The frequency of military exercises held by the US around China is the most serious dispute with the US compared to other disagreements. China has also held its own military exercises. Do you think China will take any further action?