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Chinese Gen. Chen Bingde, chief of staff of the People's Liberation Army is scheduled to visit sensitive U.S. military sites. The Pentagon has approved four bases. (Associated Press)

Chinese Gen. Chen Bingde, chief of staff of the People's Liberation Army is scheduled to visit sensitive U.S. military sites. The Pentagon has approved four bases. (Associated Press)

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