The commander of American forces in the Pacific, Admiral William Fallon, yesterday dismissed suggestions Washington was seeking to contain China. Asked at a press conference in Hong Kong whether Beijing's bids to strengthen ties with Canada - and with Russia through a recent joint military drill - were undertaken as a response to US containment efforts, Admiral Fallon said it was wrong to state the US was seeking to limit China's expansion. Admiral Fallon stressed that Washington wanted to increase trust between the two sides, adding he hoped to build stronger personal relationships with Chinese military leaders. 'In many cases [with other countries], I can just pick up the telephone and call somebody and have an interaction, and then we can reach an agreement on many issues just because we have a personal relationship,' he said. '[But] we don't have such [a relationship] with China and now that's what we want.' Admiral Fallon is making his first visit to China as head of the US Pacific Command. He said he enjoyed constructive exchanges with representatives of the People's Liberation Army.