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US China envoy visits Pentagon for rare security-related talks

By Phil Stewart and David Brunnström

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China’s ambassador to the United States held a rare meeting at the Pentagon on Wednesday with the top U.S. defense official for Asia, the Pentagon said, in talks that followed U.S. criticism regarding Chinese reluctance to engage in military communications.

A brief statement from the Pentagon said Chinese Ambassador Xie Feng discussed defense relations and “a range of international and regional security issues” during talks with Ely Ratner, US Assistant Secretary of Defense.