U.S. plays down tension with China, upbeat on military exchanges

U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Odierno shakes hands with Fan, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission, in BeijingThe United States is optimistic about military exchanges with China and wants deeper ties to help reduce the risk of miscalculation, a top U.S. military officer said on Saturday, playing down tension between the world’s two biggest economies. U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno told reporters in Beijing that he had had “frank, honest and important” talks with his Chinese counterparts on establishing deeper dialogue between the two armies. China and the United States have numerous diplomatic disagreements in the region, including China’s moves to assert sovereignty in the South and East China Sea and U.S. support for self-ruled Taiwan, claimed by Beijing as a wayward province.

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