Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and China’s State Councilor Yang Jiechi met at the Pentagon today to discuss the United States-China military relationship.
Secretary Hagel expressed the Defense Department’s support for the Strategic and Economic Dialogue and the related Strategic Security Dialogue and Cyber Working Group. Secretary Hagel was pleased that the day-long security dialogue expanded this year to include nuclear policy and missile defense issues. Secretary Hagel also affirmed the importance of the inaugural cyber discussion, which will serve as a platform to build better understanding and increase practical cooperation in cyberspace, and enhanced cooperation on regional security issues of concern to both of us, including North Korea.
Secretary Hagel congratulated State Councilor Yang on his promotion and the two leaders discussed their shared history and friendship that stretches back many years to their previous positions in government service.
Secretary Hagel told State Councilor Yang that he looks forward to hosting China’s Minister of National Defense General Chang Wanquan at the Pentagon next month.