BEIJING, December 7 (ChinaMil) -- Xu Qiliang, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission (CMC), met with the delegation of U.S. senior retired generals led by William Owens, former vice chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff in Beijing on the afternoon of December 4, 2015.
Xu Qiliang extended warm welcome to American guests participating in the 6th China-U.S. senior retired generals exchange activity.
Xu said that in recent years, President Xi Jinping and President Obama have met on several occasions. They have reiterated the need to build new relations among major powers, so as to ensure that the China-U.S. relations develop in the friendly and cooperative direction with healthy competition.
As a result of the care and promotion by the two leaders, the breadth and depth of the bilateral military cooperation continue to expand and improve, Xu added.
Xu also said that there is still some noise under the stable overall development of bilateral military relations. Xu hopes that the U.S. retired generals and friendly people can effectively implement a series of important consensus on the development of the relations between the two militaries reached by the two heads of state and contribute to the building of a new military relationship of "mutual trust, cooperation, not-conflict and sustainable" between the two armed forces.
Owens thanked China for organizing this activity. He also expressed willingness to make efforts to promote the communication and cooperation between the two countries and uphold the overall situation of bilateral relations between the two countries and the two militaries.
The China-U.S. senior retired generals exchange activity is jointly organized by the China Association for International Friendly Contact and American East-West Center. The exchange is funded by China-United States Exchange Foundation.
Wu Changde, deputy director of the General Political Department (GPD) of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), also attended the meeting.