Defense officials from China and the United States will meet in Washington DC next week for policy talks, the Pentagon said late on Jan 29.
Pentagon spokesman Jeff Pool said the US delegation to next week’s talks will include representatives from the Joint Staff, US Pacific Command, the State Department and the National Security Council, while the Chinese delegation will include representatives of the Ministry of National Defense and other military bodies.
Pool said the Defense Policy Coordination Talks seek to foster sustained and substantive dialogue, deepen practical cooperation in areas of mutual interest, and focus on enhancing risk reduction.
Su Hao, a professor of Asia-Pacific studies at China Foreign Affairs University, said, “China should put forward its concerns to the US during the meeting.” Su added that the US has carried out several military activities, including exercises, that obviously targeted China.
Announcement of the talks follows a US media report that the Pentagon would not agree to a major new military exchange until the two countries agreed on rules for airborne encounters.