Chair­man on China

The Washington Times Weekly - - National Security -

Adm. Mike Mullen, chair­man of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was the high­est rank­ing U.S. mil­i­tary of­fi­cer to at­tend a gala re­cep­tion Tues­day night at the new Chi­nese Em­bassy in Wash­ing­ton.

Adm. Mullen told the as­sem­bled guests that when he ar­rived he was greeted by Chi­nese Am­bas­sador Zhou Wen­zhong, who told him “you have many prob­lems,” ap­par­ently re­fer­ring to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

“I told him, ‘We have many prob­lems,’ “ Adm. Mullen said, high­light­ing U.S. gov­ern­ment ef­forts to gain the sup­port of the com­mu­nist gov­ern­ment in Bei­jing for sta­bi­liz­ing Afghanistan and Iraq.

Adm. Mullen said he was hope­ful that mil­i­tary ex­changes with China, which were cut off by China last year over anger at U.S. arms sales to Tai­wan, will re­sume fully and that they will con­trib­ute to “peace, sta­bil­ity and pros­per­ity” for both the United States and China.

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