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China and the United States strengthen military exchanges

PLA Daily 2004-03-01

On February 24-28, the Command Ship "Blue Ridge" of the Seventh Fleet of the US Navy, under its Commander Vice Admiral Willard, paid its third visit to Shanghai. During its five-day visit, sailors from the East China Sea Fleet of the PLAN and their U.S. counterparts held a series of exchanges and activities.

As the weatherglass of Sino-US relations, the military exchanges between the two countries measure the ups and downs of relations between the two countries for the past two decades.

Cooperation between China and the U.S., the two major powers with significant influence in the world, is no doubt what the peoples of the two countries and other peace-loving people around the world hope for.

After the 9/11 attacks, the Sino-U.S. relations began to change for the better and their military exchanges started to grow steadily. The great importance attached to the military exchanges by the two sides is epitomized in the frequent mutual visits by defense leaders and warships. The mechanism for regular consultation between deputy-minister-level defense officials, military personnel exchanges and visits at different levels, and a mechanism for avoiding direct confrontation under emergent circumstances all point to a new starting point for Sino-U.S. military exchanges.

Intensified military exchanges between the two countries in major international and regional security issues, as well as in nontraditional security fields including anti-terrorism, not only are in the interests of the two countries, but also conform to and promote the trends of world peace and development.

By Dai Er

(Mar.1, PLA Daily)

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