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Topic - Liang Guanglie
The Chinese naval vessel the Harbin, a Type 052 heavy destroyer, arrived mid-June at the Republic of Seychelles with a special mission: Display friendliness and take part in the Seychelles National Day parade.
China's defense minister and the U.S. Navy secretary on Tuesday discussed security at sea and plans to bolster the U.S. military presence in the Asia-Pacific region that have been sharply criticized by Beijing.
China's top defense chief said Tuesday that the communist nation's leaders "reserve rights for further actions" in asserting China's claim to a small chain of islands recently purchased by Japan, but he added that he hopes peaceful negotiations will resolve the dispute.
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta on Monday warned that territorial disputes between China and its neighbors could easily spiral into war, as the start of the fishing season in the East China Sea increased the likelihood of confrontations between Beijing and Tokyo over a string of islands there.
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta is visiting Asia to "rebalance" the U.S. military's focus on the Pacific region, which includes shifting much of its naval fleet, expanding joint exercises with regional allies, and deploying forces to Australia and Southeast Asia.
In recent years, China has invested heavily in building up military facilities and naval ports in the small but strategically located Indian Ocean state of Sri Lanka.
Americans following this year's presidential campaign would never know it from mainstream media coverage, but the commander in chief we hired nearly four years ago has set the United States on a course for unilateral disarmament.
Billed as the most important and substantial military exchange visit with the United States in nine years, the grand tour from Friday through Thursday by a large Chinese military delegation – led by Defense Minister Gen. Liang Guanglie – received royal treatment at the Pentagon this week.
Aggressive Chinese cyberespionage and digital warfare capabilities were major topics this week during talks between senior U.S. and Chinese defense officials.
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta on Monday welcomed Chinese Defense Minister Gen. Liang Guanglie to the Pentagon for a broad discussion of security issues that include North Korea, Afghanistan and counter-piracy.
China Defense Minister Liang Guanglie will visit the United States this week and is expected to face questioning on the presence of a Chinese-made mobile strategic-missile launcher that was spotted carrying a new North Korean long-range missile in Pyongyang on April 15.
The unceremonious dismissal March 15 of high-ranking communist official Bo Xilai - the powerful party chief of the world's largest metropolis, Chongqing - is causing major concern over the Communist Party's ability to control the ultimate guarantor of the regime, the 2.28 million-strong People's Liberation Army (PLA).
The small Indian Ocean island nation of Seychelles, strategically located near both the Gulf of Aden and the Somali coast, hosted an unusual three-day ceremonial visit by an important guest last week: Chinese Defense Minister Gen. Liang Guanglie.
The United States is worried about China's growing influence in Thailand, as Washington's prestige appears to be fading with America's oldest South Asian ally.
A classified State Department cable made public recently finally has shed some light on persistent Chinese military secrecy and its refusal to hold nuclear talks with the United States: China fears discussing its nuclear arsenal will weaken the deterrent value.
China seeks further cooperation in areas of mutual interest and to "manage disparities when conflicts appear," Gen. Liang Guanglie told Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.
He said the increase in military spending has been commensurate with growth in China's economy, now second only to the U.S.