US, China to resume military contacts: Pentagon

The United States and China are to resume military contacts cut off since early 2010 with initial meetings planned for next month in Hawaii, a Pentagon official said on Wednesday.

Washington: The United States and China are to resume military contacts cut off since early 2010 with initial meetings planned for next month in Hawaii, a Pentagon official said on Wednesday.

Both sides had agreed in talks with Beijing that military maritime talks would be held from October 14-15 in Hawaii, followed by defence talks in Washington later in the year, spokesman Colonel Dave Lapan said.

"Both sides agreed that dialogue is essential to build mutual trust and reduce the chances of misunderstanding and miscalculation," he added in a statement.

Military ties between the two countries have been repeatedly stalled, with Beijing calling off scheduled visits or exchanges as a way of protesting Washington`s policies, particularly US arms sales to Taiwan.

China cut off the dialogue in January after the US administration unveiled plans to sell 6.4 billion dollars in weapons and military hardware to Taiwan.

Bureau Report

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