Gen. Kevin P. Chilton, commander, U.S. Strategic Command, welcomes GEN Xu, vice chairman of the People's Liberation Army Central Military Commission to USSTRATCOM Oct. 28. During GEN Xu's eight-day trip, he is visiting U.S. military installations and organizations around the country, including the U.S. Naval Academy; Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. ; the North Island Naval Air Station in San Diego, and U.S. Pacific Command, Camp Smith, Hawaii. (Photo by Daniel Rohan)
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. - In an historic effort to develop the U.S. military to military relationship with the People's Republic of China, Gen. Kevin P. Chilton, commander U.S. Strategic Command, hosted Gen. Xu Caihou, one of two Vice Chairmen of the PRC's Central Military Commission, today.
General Xu, China's second-highest ranking uniformed officer, accepted Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates' invitation to visit the U.S. as part of an overall, cooperative and comprehensive bilateral relationship. His visit today at STRATCOM is a vital part of U.S. efforts to engage China on shared strategic issues, develop cooperative capacity and foster institutional understanding between the two militaries.
General Chilton is a strong proponent of military to military engagement and dialogue, and has previously invited Chinese military representatives to engage in several symposia, notably the Deterrence Symposium in July at the Qwest Center.
The PRC delegation visited various USSTRATCOM organizations throughout the day. Besides U.S. STRATCOM, General Xu will visit a number of U.S. military organizations around the country, including the U.S. Naval Academy, Md. , Nellis AFB, Nev. , North Island Naval Air Station, San Diego, and U.S. Pacific Command, Hawaii.