East-Asia-Intel.com, May 25, 2011
China’s top military commander told reporters last week that China and the United States had reached six points of consensus about their militaries.
Gen. Chen Bingde jointly hosted a news conference with Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen on May 18. Both of them agreed that their talks were candid, profound, and fruitful, and they had reached six points of consensus.
According to state-run Chinese press reports, the six points include:
- Agree to promote U.S.-China military ties with "mutual respect, mutual benefit, and win-win results initiated by President Hu Jintao and President Obama."
- Maintain high-level contacts and military dialogue and direct phone contacts between Chen and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
- Strengthen joint actions by the two navies to enhance maritime military security and reducing risks through exchanges and naval operations in the Gulf of Aden, telecommunication exercises, and joint exercises against piracy.
- Conduct exchanges on humanitarian rescue and a joint exercise in 2012.
- Conduct exchanges on military medical sciences, naval hospital ship visits and joint medical rescue training.
- Conduct cultural and sports exchanges by the two militaries including joint musical band tours and shooting teams.