Chairman on China
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.