A top Chinese official on Tuesday told visiting U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice that improved military ties between the two countries would require the curbing of “close-in reconnaissance” by U.S. aircraft near China.

“We hope the U.S. can promote the healthy development of new China-U.S. military ties with concrete actions,” the official Xinhua news agency quoted Fan Changlong, vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, as saying.

The comments echoed those by other Chinese officials to Rice, who is making her first visit to Beijing as national security adviser in advance of President Obama‘s participation in an APEC summit there in November.

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