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SecDef Gates Visits China This Week

November 3, 2007

By Andrew Gray
November 3, 2007

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates visits China next week at the start of an Asian tour, aiming to strengthen relations while also expressing concerns about China’s military buildup.

Robert Michael Gates
Robert Gates

Gates, a former CIA director who replaced Donald Rumsfeld at the Pentagon last December, will also visit South Korea and Japan during his trip.

Gates said this week he did not consider China a military threat to America “at this point” and relations between the two countries have warmed considerably since a 2001 low point when a Chinese fighter crashed into a U.S. spy plane.

[The author goes on to discuss the issues between the two nations, such as space security, cyber security and “transparency.”]

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