Mullen, Chen Talks: Candid and In-Depth

People’s Daily (at 04.00 GMT) quotes coverage from China National Radio (CNR) on PLA chief of staff Chen Bingde‘s (陈炳德) meeting with U.S. joint chiefs of staff chairman, navy admiral Mike Mullen, in Beijing.

China National Radio, July 11 news. According to CNR news (央广新闻), PLA Chief of Staff Chen Bingde met U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Mike Mullen (马伦) at the 8-1 building in Beijing [八一大楼. see footnote 1 to that post] for talks this morning . For details, we contact CCTV reporter Liang Yongchun (梁永春).

Reporter: This morning, the two sides had a series of activities. At nine a.m., chief of staff Chen Bingde held a welcome ceremony for Admiral Mullen at the 8-1 building, and accompanied him reviewing the three services’ honor guard. After that, the two sides held talks in a small circle. According to Chen Bingde, the two sides discussed a set of four issues. The first issue was the South China Sea, the second was the issue of American politicians’ (政要) attitude toward China, network security was the third, and the development of Chinese military power was the fourth issue.

The small-circle talks went fifteen minutes beyond the planned schedule, from which it can be seen that these were very detailed and in-depth (细致深入) talks. At ten a.m., the two sides entered talks in a wider circle, with high-ranking officers discussing Korean peninsula issues, Afghanistan issues, and other security issues of common concern in-depth.

According to the Hindustan Times (at 6:41 GMT), Chen told reporters that both sides exchanged views on those issues in a candid manner, and that it was fair to say that we found a lot of common ground while we do have different opinions on certain issues.

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Related

» Candid Talks, Sina English, July 11, 2011
» Enduring Presence, Enduring Responsibility, Reuters/China Post, July 11, 2011
» As Tensions Threaten to Rise once more, New York Times, July 10, 2011
» Cui Tiankai: Keep it Simple, June 24, 2011
» Gates, Liang: Communiqué, January 10, 2011
» The Adequate Adversary, August 13, 2010

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