Sound military relationship benefits both China and U.S.

The visiting Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie expressed the hope, when talking with his U.S. counterpart Leon Panetta, that China and the U.S. should establish a new type of military relationship featuring equality, cooperation and win-win.

Issue that may be related to visits

South China Sea dispute

The Philippines recently sent a warship to harass 12 Chinese fishing vessels which sailed into the waters of Huangyan Island to shelter from bad weather. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said at a regular news conference that Huangyan Island is an inherent part of Chinese territory.

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About Liang Guanglie

About Liang Guanglie

Member of the CPC Central Committee, CPC Central Military Commission and the Central Military Commission of the PRC; State Councilor and concurrently Minister of National Defence; member of the Leading Party Members' Group of the State Council; holds the military rank as general.

Liang visits major US military bases

The U.S. Southern Command

The United States Southern Command, located in Miami, Florida, is one of nine Unified Combatant Commands in the United States Department of Defense. It is responsible for providing contingency planning and operations in Central and South America, the Caribbean, Cuba, their territorial waters, and for the force of U.S. military resources at these locations.

4th Fighter Wing of U.S. Air Force

The 4th Fighter Wing is a United States Air Force unit assigned to the Air Combat Command Ninth Air Force. The 4 FW is home to the multi-role, all-weather F-15E Strike Eagle and provides worldwide deployable aircraft and personnel capable of executing combat missions.

Fort Benning of the U.S. Army

Fort Benning is a United States Army post based in located in Columbus, Georgia in Muscogee County. Fort Benning is a self-sustaining military community, which supports more than 120,000 active-duty military, family members, reserve component soldiers, retirees, and civilian employees on a daily basis.

II Marine Expeditionary Force

The II Marine Expeditionary Force is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force consisting of ground, air and logistics forces capable of projecting offensive combat power ashore while sustaining itself in combat without external assistance for a period of 60 days.

Naval Base San Diego

Naval Base San Diego is the largest base of the United States Navy on the west coast of the United States, in San Diego, California. Naval Base San Diego is the principal homeport of the Pacific Fleet, consisting of 54 ships and over 120 tenant commands. The base is composed of 13 piers stretched over 977 acres of land and 326 acres of water.

U.S. Military Academy at West Point

The United States Military Academy at West Point is a four-year coeducational federal service academy located in West Point, New York. The academy sits on scenic high ground overlooking the Hudson River, 50 miles (80 km) north of New York City.