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Mainland agrees to discuss cross-Strait military security, mutual trust

BEIJING, March 17 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese mainland agrees to discussing the issue of military security and mutual trust across the Taiwan Strait at an appropriate time, said a mainland spokesman on Wednesday.

"We maintain that (both sides) can contact and make exchanges on military issues and discuss the establishment of military security and mutual trust mechanism at a proper time," Yang Yi, spokesman with the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, told a press conference here.

"Related work should be done step by step, starting from the easy ones," Yang said.

Yang said the exchange of retired servicemen and relevant experts and scholars would be a good choice to begin the work.

The symposium held by the mainland and Taiwan on 60 years of cross-Strait relations in Taipei in November 2009, was a good start, Yang said.

The event was attended by more than 110 scholars from both sides of the Taiwan Strait. They discussed a string of issues covering politics, economy, culture and military affairs.

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