China, US reach an agreement to resume military exchanges

April 3rd, 2009 - 3:21 pm ICT by ANI  

Barack Obama New Delhi, Apr 3 (ANI): China and the United States will resume military exchanges that were suspended last November.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said on Thursday that President Hu Jintao and his US counterpart Barack Obama reached the agreement at their first meeting on Wednesday, one day before the G20 summit in London.

“Both sides share a commitment to military-to-military relations and will work for their continued improvement and development,” the White House said in a statement.

“In the long term, repairing and developing military ties between China and the United States are in the interests of both,” said Zhang Tuosheng, with the China Foundation for International and Strategic Studies.

China called off military exchanges late last year over the planned US sale of weapons to Taiwan, the China Daily reported.

The two countries held military defense policy talks in Beijing in February, in what analysts said was a prelude to a resumption of military exchanges. (ANI)

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