Press Statement at Meeting of U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice with General Fan and Foreign Minister Wang Yi

Press Statement at Meeting of U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice with General Fan 

Thank you very much, General Fan.  It’s good to see you again, and it’s good to be back in Beijing.  I’m glad we’re having this opportunity to address efforts after your latest visit to Washington in which we had an excellent conversation.

The quality and frequency of our interactions at the high level, including between the United States and the PLA, underscores the importance we place on the military-to-military relationship.

We’re deeply committed to building a healthy, stable, reliable military-to-military relationship.

When our presidents met last year, we agreed to confidence building measures to increase transparency and predictability, and to reduce the risk of unintended consequences.

More recently, over the past year, we’ve shown that working side by side, the U.S. and China can cooperate in important ways, including in counter-piracy exercises in the Gulf of Aden, and the efforts that we undertook to support the response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa.

Press Statement at Meeting of U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice with Foreign Minister Wang Yi

Thank you very much Mr. Minister.  It’s good to see you again.  I am grateful for your hospitality and the arrangements that have been made for this visit  as we prepare for the visit of President Xi Jinping.  President Obama has asked me to come here just a month ahead of the anticipated State Visit in order to work through the substantive issues that we hope to make progress on and to address candidly and constructively the differences we have on various issues.  I am both grateful for your time and the opportunity to work with your team today.  So thank you very much.