Gates Begins Four-Day China Trip

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and a member of his staff walk away from a Marine One helicopter as they prepare to board the National Airborne Operations Center aircraft on Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Jan. 8, 2011. Gates departed on a seven-day trip to China, Japan and South Korea to discuss defense issues. DOD photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and members of his staff listen to a reporter's question during a press availability on board the National Airborne Operations Center aircraft on Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Jan 8, 2011. Gates departed on a seven-day trip to Asia to discuss defense issues.  DOD photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison
  • Chinese Gen. Ma Xiaotian, deputy chief of the People's Liberation Army General Staff, welcomes U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M.Gates and his wife, Becky, to Beijing at Beijing International Airport, Jan. 9, 2011. Gates arrived in China for a four-day visit in which he will meet with senior military leaders. DOD photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M.Gates, left, shakes hands with Chinese Gen. Ma Xiaotian, deputy chief of the People's Liberation Army General Staff, at Beijing International Airport, Jan. 9, 2011. Gates arrived in China for a four-day visit in which he will meet with senior military leaders. DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and his wife, Becky, receive flowers as they arrive in Beijing to start a four-day visit to China, Jan. 9, 2011. Gates plans to meet with top Chinese generals to discuss defense issues. DOD photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison
  • Photographers crowd to get shots of U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Chinese Gen. Liang Guanglie, the National Defense minister, as they troop the line of the Peoples' Liberation Army ceremonial guard during welcoming ceremonies for Gates at the Bayo Building in Beijing, Jan. 10, 2011. DOD photo by Jim Garamone
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Chinese Gen. Liang Guanglie, the National Defense minister, participate in a welcoming ceremonmy for Gates at the Bayo Building in Beijing, Jan. 10, 2011. DOD photo by Jim Garamone