The meetings began Monday with Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie and several other top officials in that country’s army, Kevin Baron writes.
According to China Daily, this is the first visit to China by a U.S. Navy secretary in 28 years.
Capt. Pamela Kunze, Mabus’s spokeswoman, told Foreign Policy Mabus will also meet with China’s vice foreign minister, the commander of the Chinese navy and be officially welcomed at a ceremony hosted by that country’s navy.
Prior to the meeting with Mabus, Guanglie told Reuters he believed there was no need for concern expressed by China’s neighbors over its military buildup.
China has increased its military spending 13.4 percent between 2000 and 2011, according to a report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (click here for our coverage of that report’s findings).
Citing China’s state news agency, the International Business Times reports China landed a fleet of fighter jets on an aircraft carrier for the first time.