Head of Joint Chiefs Calls China’s Military Aims Unclear – Joseph Kahn

The New York Times reports on Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Peter Pace’s visit to China:

Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he urged his Chinese counterparts in meetings on Thursday and Friday to provide more information about the aims of their military buildup. He called the meetings “encouraging,” but said he did not get concrete answers.

“I used the example of the antisatellite test as how sometimes the international community can be confused, because it was a surprise that China did that, and it wasn’t clear what their intent was,” General Pace told reporters in Beijing. [Full text]

Xinhua had a slightly different take on the meetings in their report, headlined “Chairman of U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff sees no threat from China.” See more reports about the visit.

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