Tom Donilon

US National Security Adviser Tom Donilon (left) shakes hands with General Fan Changlong, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission, at the Bayi Building, in Beijing, on Tuesday. Photo: EPA

US national security adviser Tom Donilon promotes military ties in Beijing

Non-traditional military activities such as peacekeeping, disaster relief and anti-piracy operations offer opportunities to boost co-operation and "contribute to greater mutual confidence and understanding", Donilon told General Fan Changlong , a vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission.