"The signing of the long-expected China-US army dialogue mechanism and the country's upcoming agreement on the air-to-air annex to the code of conduct on military encounters represent a leap forward in the relationship between the countries, analysts have said."
"Guan Youfei, director of the Foreign Affairs Office of the Ministry of National Defense, said afterward that the two armies could hold joint exercises on land next year.
They vowed to reach agreement on the air-to-air annex to the code of conduct before President Xi Jinping visits the US in September.
Major General Yao Yunzhu, a senior researcher at the People's Liberation Army's Academy of Military Science, said, 'The annex on air-to-air encounters aims to prevent crises, while the dialogue mechanism between the armies mainly helps with cooperation.'"
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