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China-U.S. Defense Hotline Shows Gulf as Military Chief Visits

A U.S.-China defense hotline set up three years ago may illustrate the hurdles to improving military relations between the two global powers. It’s been used only four times.

Navy Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will try to advance military cooperation between the two countries when he hosts the chief of staff of the People’s Liberation Army, Chen Bingde, May 15-22. Chen will tour U.S. military installations, attend meetings at the Pentagon and hear a joint concert by the U.S. Army and People’s Liberation Army bands.