Washington (CNN) -- Day-long talks Friday between U.S. and Chinese defense officials were fruitful and substantive -- and more frank and profession than in the past, a key Pentagon official said
Under Secretary of Defense Michele Flournoy hosted the meeting at the Pentagon with her Chinese counterpart, Gen. Ma Xiaotian, and the talks continue with a former dinner at the U.S. Capitol.
Friday's meeting was the 11th round in what are known as the Defense Consultative Talks.
The meeting comes just days after Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen tried to encourage China to take a more active role in reining in North Korea. Flournoy said Friday's talks with Chinese officials about North Korea resulted in a productive comparing of notes.