Chinese president meets top U.S. general

Chinese President Xi Jinping takes part in a meeting with his French counterpart at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on March 26, 2014 in Paris. Xi was set today to sign a series of major business deals on the second day of a lavish state visit to France. Xi is on his first-ever European tour and after visiting The Netherlands and France will head to Germany and Belgium. AFP PHOTO POOL CHRISTOPHE ENA

BEIJING, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday met with visiting Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

“You are the first senior military official to visit China since U.S. President Donald Trump took office,” Xi told Dunford.

Xi said although the visit is brief, it is quite comprehensive, indicating that the military-to-military relations between China and the United States have made a substantial step forward.