Chinese defence minister to visit Washington next week: Mattis

US Defence Secretary James Mattis with his Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe during a meeting on the sidelines of the Asean security summit in Singapore on Oct 18, 2018.
US Defence Secretary James Mattis with his Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe during a meeting on the sidelines of the Asean security summit in Singapore on Oct 18, 2018.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

MANAMA (Reuters) - US Defence Secretary James Mattis said his Chinese counterpart would be visiting Washington next week to continue talks on military relations between the two countries.

"Strategic competition does not imply hostility. I have met with my counterpart in Beijing a month ago, I met with him again in Singapore a week ago, he is coming to Washington next week to continue our discussions," Mattis said during a speech in Bahrain.