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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 668-97
December 10, 1997

UNITED STATES/PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA FIRST-EVER DEFENSE CONSULTATIVE TALKS

The first-ever Defense Consultative Talks between the United States and the People's Republic of China (PRC) will be held Dec. 11 and 12 at the Pentagon.

Under Secretary of Defense (Policy) Walter B. Slocombe will meet with People's Liberation Army (PLA) Deputy Chief of the General Staff Lt. Gen. Xiong Guangkai to build on the successful summit between President Clinton and PRC President Jiang Zemin in the United States in October.

The talks were first proposed by former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry to Minister of National Defense Gen. Chi Haotian during the General's visit to the Pentagon in December 1996.

During President Jiang's visit in October, formal agreement was reached on holding regular Defense Consultative Talks.

These talks will institutionalize senior-level interactions in the security and defense areas to facilitate better understanding and communications between the U.S. and PLA militaries.

The delegations will discuss global and regional defense issues, finalize the 1998 U.S.-PRC military-to-military schedule of contacts, and exchange briefings on humanitarian relief operations.

Following the talks, Lt. Gen. Xiong will travel to Baltimore, Gettysburg, New York, and Boston.