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China stealth jet upstages US defence chief’s visit

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AFP
Jan 12, 2011

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Wednesday toured China’s nuclear command centre to end what he called a “very successful” visit — one upstaged by a bold display of Beijing’s advanced weaponry.

Gates got a rare look at the Second Artillery Corps headquarters outside Beijing, which oversees nuclear and missile forces — a stop meant to underscore China’s readiness to recast uneasy military ties.

The Pentagon chief said he had “very candid conversations” during his tour of the facility in Qinghe and spoke to Chinese officers about nuclear strategy.

Chinese defence ministry official Guan Youfei was cited by state media as saying the tour had been organised at Gates’ request, and was part of efforts to build “mutual trust and eliminate misunderstandings and miscalculations”.

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