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Release No: NR-169-14
April 08, 2014

Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's meeting with the Chinese Central Military Committee Vice Chairman Gen. Fan

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby provided the following readout:

Secretary Hagel met in Beijing today with Central Military Committee Vice Chairman Gen. Fan.

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.

The two leaders shared a very frank exchange of views about issues important to both the U.S. and China, as well as to the Asia-Pacific region.

They discussed regional security, including in the East China Sea and South China Sea, where Secretary Hagel reaffirmed the United States' longstanding policies and commitments, and encouraged all parties to resolve their differences peacefully, through diplomacy and in keeping with international law.

Secretary Hagel also reaffirmed the United States' one China policy, based on the three Joint U.S-China communiques and the Taiwan Relations Act.

Secretary Hagel also discussed with Gen. Fan the growing threat posed by North Korean nuclear and missile developments, and urged China's continued cooperation with the international community to achieve a complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization on the Korean peninsula.

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