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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 759-12
September 19, 2012

Readout of Secretary Panetta's Meeting with China's Vice President Xi Jinping

            Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs George Little provided the following readout:. 

            "Secretary Panetta met today with China's Vice President and Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission Xi Jinping. In a session that lasted more than an hour, the two leaders held constructive and candid discussions on a broad range of bilateral issues, with a focus on the U.S-China military-to-military relationship. 

            The two leaders agreed to work together with a goal of building a stronger relationship capable of cooperatively addressing the security challenges of the 21st century.  Secretary Panetta and Vice President Xi also discussed the US rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific, the importance of the peaceful resolution of maritime territorial disputes as well as other matters of importance to regional security, including North Korea.  In addition, both leaders engaged in a dialogue about working cooperatively to address a number of other global issues and discussed future cooperation on cyber and space issues."

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