Top US Army Officer: We Have 'Common Objectives' With China
The U.S. Army's top officer pledged more dialogue on "common objectives" as he met Chinese generals in Beijing.
Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno was greeted Friday with full military honors at China's Defense Ministry.
His visit comes amid U.S. criticism of China's policies toward its neighbors over territorial claims in the East and South China Seas.
But before holding closed-door meetings, Odierno said he would focus on concerns that both sides share.
Chinese Lieutenant General Wang Ning also said military-to-military dialogue is an important part of the U.S.-China relationship.
Though both sides have stressed cooperation in public bilateral meetings, tensions and mistrust appear to be increasing.
A top U.S. diplomat earlier this month called on Beijing to "clarify or amend" its vast claims to the South China Sea, where many of China's neighbors accuse Beijing of acting aggressively.
Obama to Host Dalai Lama at White House
U.S. President Barack Obama will meet the Dalai Lama Friday at the White House, prompting a statement of "serious concern" from China.
The White House said late Thursday that Mr. Obama is meeting the Dalai Lama "in his capacity as a respected religious and cultural leader."
A statement said the U.S. supports the Dalai Lama's so-called "middle way" approach of neither assimilation nor independence for Tibetans in China.
China's foreign ministry quickly urged the U.S. to cancel the meeting, calling it a "gross interference" that will "seriously damage" U.S.-China ties.
Beijing views the Dalai Lama as a dangerous "splittist" who has encouraged a wave of self-immolations by Tibetans. He denies the charge.
The U.S. recognizes Tibet to be a part of China. While Washington does not back Tibetan independence, it is concerned over what it says is the deteriorating human rights situation in Tibetan areas of China.
The White House calls on China to reopen talks with the Dalai Lama or his representatives with no preconditions.