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Immediate Release

Readout of Secretary Chuck Hagel's Meeting with People's Republic of China State Council, Yang Jiechi

Oct. 20, 2014

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

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met in the Pentagon today with People's Republic of China State Councilor Yang Jiechi.

The two leaders discussed the importance of maintaining the positive momentum that has developed in the U.S.-China military-to-military relationship. They also reaffirmed their shared interest in strengthening cooperation on regional and global challenges, and noted the potential for greater cooperation in several areas, to include providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief when crises arise, and containing the spread of Ebola in West Africa.

Both sides highlighted the importance of President Obama's trip to Beijing in November and expressed a shared desire that the trip be a success.