U.S., China discuss North Korea during defense talks

Officials from the U.S. and China met in Beijing on Monday to discuss multiple defense-related issues, including North Korea's nuclear and missile developments, the Department of Defense said on Tuesday.

James Miller, the U.S. undersecretary of defense for policy, and Lt. Gen. Wang Guanzhong, the deputy chief of the People's Liberation Army general staff, led the delegations during the 14th annual Defense Consultative Talks. The U.S. delegation included representatives from the State Department, the National Security staff, U.S. Pacific Command and the Joint Staff.

On North Korea, Miller highlighted the serious concerns of the U.S. regarding North Korea's nuclear development and called on China to maintain and increase pressure on North Korea. The pressure could bring North Korea back to authentic and credible negotiations with the goal of denuclearization.

Wang and Miller also discussed the accomplishments made in the U.S.-China military-to-military relationship so far in 2013 and talked about how to sustain and advance the relations going forward. The two sides agreed to further explore two proposals on military confidence building previously offered by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The two delegations also discussed how to improve strategic trust in the areas of peacekeeping, maritime safety, disaster relief and humanitarian assistance. Both sides agreed to continue discussions between maritime legal experts and sustain dialogue in the key strategic areas of cyber, space, nuclear and missile defense.