China's defence minister at Pentagon for talks on Monday
WASHINGTON, DC (AFP) - The Pentagon will host China's Defence Minister General Chang Wanquan for talks on Monday at a time of "positive momentum" in military relations between the two countries, a United States (US) official said.
Mr Chang was due to start his visit on Friday in Hawaii where he was scheduled to meet the head of US Pacific Command, before heading to Colorado to the headquarters for Northern Command, which oversees forces in North America, officials said.
"The purpose of the visit is to sustain the very positive momentum that we've seen in the US-China mil-to-mil relationship that's really been present for the past year and a half or so," said a senior defence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
US military officials have touted progress in the defence dialogue with China after years of false starts and say a counter-piracy exercise next week in the Gulf of Aden will see unprecedented cooperation between the two countries' naval forces.