US, China to resume military dialogue: Pentagon

February 17th, 2009 - 2:19 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, Feb 17 (Xinhua) The US and China will resume an annual military dialogue in late February, the Pentagon has said.

“On Feb 27-28, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence David Sedney will hold annual Defence Policy Coordination Talks with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in Beijing,” Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said Monday.

Whitman said the talks will focus on military-to-military relationship between the two countries, regional and global security issues, as well as how to expand cooperation between the two militaries.

Describing the coming talks as “the first policy dialogue” with the PLA under the Obama administration, Whitman said the talks represent “an opportunity” for the US to further dialogue with China on areas of shared interest and mutual benefit.

Military exchanges between China and the US have been suspended since October last year when the then Bush administration notified Congress of its plan to sell arms worth about $6.5 billion to Taiwan, including Patriot III anti-missile system and E-2T airborne early warning aircraft upgrade system.

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