CCTV9英语新闻:China, US to strengthen military ties, build trust

Chinese Defense Minister, Chang Wanquan, has met Admiral Samuel Locklear, commander of all US military forces in the Pacific, in Hawaii. This is the first stop of his official visit to the US and Canada since taking office in March.

An unnamed Chinese senior defense official says the purpose of the visit is to sustain the very positive momentum that China and the US have seen in the past year and a half. China has, for the first time, been invited by the US to participate in the "Pacific Rim Exercises", the world’s largest international naval exercise, scheduled for next year.

But, analysts say the two countries still need to build more trust to address many sticking points. Chang will later meet US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, to discuss a wide range of issues on bilateral relations and security.