China's DM & Pentagon Form Hotline

Defense Minister Cao hailed Gates' visit as "an important event in the exchanges of our two armed forces", adding he and Gates fully exchanged views on the international and regional situation and the general plan of future exchanges and cooperation, and reached broad consensus.
Pictured here 11/7/07: With President HU
"Our talks were pragmatic, frank and fruitful. I believe Gates' visit will further promote mutual understanding between the two sides and enhance friendly exchanges and cooperation", said Cao.
A major consensus was the opening of a direct telephone link between the Chinese Defense Ministry and the US Department of Defense, the first of its kind between China and another country at the defense ministry level.

Discussions on setting up the military hotline have continued since President Hu and US President George W. Bush agreed to advance bilateral military relations during their meeting in April 2007...Read more

The hotline is aimed at providing instant contact between Chinese and US defense and military leaders on major issues of common concern, especially in emergencies, Chinese Defense Ministry officials said.
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