Washington: US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said he wants to develop a cooperative relationship with China and have a transparent relationship where they understand each other and know what each other were doing.
   
"China -- my goal, frankly, is to try to develop a cooperative relationship with China and to at least be able to have a transparent relationship where we understand each other and we know what each other is doing," Panetta said in an interview.
   
Panetta said that it was of a concern for the US if China decides to militarize, improve their weaponry and then constitute a threat to countries in that region.
   
"And so for that reason, we always have to have a forward presence in the Pacific that makes very clear that we have to protect the international community and their ability to have free access to the sea lanes, but more importantly, to be able to protect their own interest in that country," Panetta said.

(Agencies)