Chinese President Xi Jinping met with U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel at the Great Hall of People in Beijing Wednesday.
Xi recalled his Annenberg Estate meeting with US President Barack Obama last year when they agreed to work together to build a new type of major-country relations based on mutual respect, win-win cooperation. He also mentioned their another two meetings at G20 summit in Russia’s St. Petersburg and 2014 Nuclear Security Summit in the Netherlands’ The Hague.
Xi pointed out that China and the United States can have a broader cooperation under the complex international situation.
Xi said the two countries should develop a new type of military relations under the framework of a new type of major-country relations what he described as “no conflict and no confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation.”
Hagel spoke positively of the current development of bilateral military ties, stressing that the United States will firmly support the development of the US-China new type of military relations.
US-China relationship is important for stability and security in Asia-Pacific and for the prosperity in both countries in the 21st century. The United States is willing to work with China to strengthen dialogues, enhance mutual trust and further promote the development of bilateral military relations, Hagel said.
As guest of Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan, Hagel arrived in Qingdao City of east China’s Shandong Province on Monday for a four-day visit. He paid a visit to aircraft carrier Liaoning on Monday afternoon and arrived in Beijing later in the evening.
It is Hagel’s first China visit as defense secretary.
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