Representatives from the U.S. and China held a meeting at the Pentagon on December 12, for the 13th annual Defense Consultative Talks, according to an official statement from the Department of Defense.
James N. Miller, undersecretary of defense for policy, led the U.S. delegation. His group included officials from the Joint Staff, U.S. Pacific Command, the National Security Staff and the State Department.
Lt. Gen. Qi Jianguo, deputy chief of the People’s Liberation Army general staff, led the Chinese party.
According to the release, Miller and Qi both agreed the military relationship between the U.S. and China had improved this year and both leaders were hoping to make the partnership even better next year.
They also mentioned the importance of containing threats in cyber, space, nuclear policy and missile defense as well as maritime security in the East China Sea and South China Sea.
The military officials also talked about the U.S.’ focus on the Asia-Pacific region and its security plans for the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Miller also advised his Chinese companions to assist the U.S. and the international community in convincing North Korea to honor its commitments and obligations, as well as respect their neighbors in the region.