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Top US, Chinese military officials hold talks

Top military officials of China and US today discussed a host of contentious issues like the increasing American presence in South China Sea, where Beijing has maritime dispute with several ASEAN countries.

world Updated: Jul 11, 2011 12:14 IST

Top military officials of China and US on Monday discussed a host of contentious issues like the increasing American presence in South China Sea, where Beijing has maritime dispute with several ASEAN countries.

Chen Bingde, Chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), held talks with his visiting US counterpart Admiral Mike Mullen.

"We discussed four major topics, including the South China Sea, the attitude of some US politicians toward China, cyber security and China's military development," Chen said after a close-door meeting with Mullen.

Both sides exchanged views on those issues in a candid manner, he added.

"It's fair to say that we found a lot of common ground while we do have different opinions on certain issues," Chen said.

Chen urged the two sides to implement the consensus reached by their heads of state to push forward the development of bilateral military relations.

Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in Beijing on Saturday night for a four-day visit to China.

A welcoming ceremony was held earlier today ahead of his talks with Chen.

Mullen is making the visit at the invitation of Chen, as a reciprocal visit for Chen's trip in May to the US.