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Release No: NR-172-14
April 09, 2014

Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's meeting with the President of China Xi Jinping

Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Brent Colburn provided the following readout:

Secretary Hagel met in Beijing today with President Xi Jinping.

Secretary Hagel expressed his appreciation for the visit to China and for the chance to build towards a new model of military-to-military relations. He also thanked President Xi for the deep and candid conversations with China's leadership.

The two leaders affirmed the need for continued dialogue between the two nations, building off of the foundation laid out in earlier conversations between Presidents Obama and Xi.

Secretary Hagel also discussed with President Xi the continuing cooperation by China and the United States with the international community to achieve a complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization on the Korean peninsula in the face of the growing threat posed by North Korean nuclear and missile developments.

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