China, US militaries seek greater harmony

WASHINGTON - If their bands can make music together, can the US and Chinese militaries strike a better note as well?
That was at least the hope as the premier military bands from China and the United States performed together in Washington on Monday, kicking off a visit by top brass from the People's Liberation Army meant to improve often icy relations.
General Chen Bingde, chief of the general staff of the PLA, and seven other generals are leading the PLA's first trip to the United States since Beijing severed military ties in 2010 in protest over a $6.3 billion US arms deal with Taiwan.