243198-china-to-increase-its-military-spendingA top American military commander said Saturday that the United States Army was working to start a formal dialogue and exchange program with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army before the end of the year. The commander, Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the Army chief of staff, told reporters at a news conference in Beijing that the program was aimed at expanding cooperation and “managing differences constructively.” “It really is about us focusing on a long-term relationship and the importance of us conducting exchanges, conducting institutional visits,” he said. More