"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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