Hagel Thanks China’s President for Frank Talks With Leaders
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, April 9, 2014 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met in Beijing today with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel meets with Gen. Fan Changlong, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission, in Beijing, April 8, 2014. The next day, Hagel met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and thanked him for the frank talks he has had with Chinese leaders. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
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Hagel expressed his appreciation for the visit to China and for the chance to build toward a new model of military-to-military relations, Brent Colburn, the secretary’s assistant for public affairs, said in a statement summarizing the meeting. He also thanked President Xi for the deep and candid conversations he has had with China's leadership, Colburn added.
“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,” he said.
Hagel also discussed with 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, Colburn said.