Beijing: Chinese Defence Minister Gen Liang Guanglie on Friday embarked on a visit to the US as efforts are on to reduce the risk of a confrontation between their militaries in the Asia-Pacific, which has seen aggressive posturing by Beijing.
Liang, who is visiting America at the invitation of US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta, will hold talks with the latter and address a joint conference.
Liang, an influential military figure in the Chinese military hierarchy, will be in the US till May 10.
During the visit, he will also meet other state and military leaders and tour several defence installations.
The US has sought closer military ties with China, saying it would help build a cooperative relationship between the two nations.
China and the Philippines have been embroiled in a territorial dispute in the South China Sea. Manila has sought US` assistance to counter Beijing`s military might.