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Tuesday
Oct212008

Al Jazeera reports 'military giants' meeting between U.S., China in Hawaii

(Pearl Harbor)--Al Jazeera, the Middle Eastern news agency, scooped a story about a military meeting between the U.S. and China that hasn’t appeared in a newspaper in either country. The headline said, ‘Military Giants Meet in Hawaii,’ and the story dated Oct. 20, 2008 revealed, “Major-General Zhong Zhiming [Chinese People’s Liberation Army] was leading a delegation of Chinese military officers on one of the first of many planned high-level exchanges, part of a new effort to break down barriers between these two military giants.”  Zhong told Al Jazeera, "The frequent exchanges between the US and Chinese military are good for our future development and I think they'll happen more and more and the relationship will get better."

Chief Master Sergeant James A Roy [U.S.] said “informal discussions” had helped to break down suspicions on both sides. "We're interested in what their intentions are, and obviously as China, we want them to partake in the peace and stability across the Asia Pacific region," Roy told Al Jazeera. The news service pointed out that similar meetings planned for the near future were cancelled by China for now because the U.S. government sold $5 billion worth of missiles and attack helicopters to Taiwan.

Al Jazeera noted the Pentagon has complained about transparency from China in regards to the country’s military buildup. The news service reported, “There are also concerns that China's aggressive pursuit of energy resources in Africa and other areas well beyond Asia, could create areas of conflict with the Unites States.”

The only story of note in relation to Hawaii recently is presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama’s break from his campaign to visit the state to see his maternal grandmother who is elderly and according to The Honolulu Advertiser, seriously ill.



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