China says that US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will visit the country in mid-September.
A spokesman for China's Ministry of National Defense says the Pentagon chief's visit is part of this year's bilateral military-to-military exchanges.
Colonel Geng Yansheng said at a regular press conference that the two militaries will hold joint anti-piracy maritime exercises.
They will also conduct exchanges on the mechanism for bilateral contact.
Panetta's visit comes after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's trip to China on Sept. 4 and 5.
Miners arrested at the South Africa platinum mine have been charged with murdering their colleagues.
The 270 were in the crowd of striking miners, who confronted police earlier this month.
The confrontation later turned violence as police shot dead 34 miners.
6 of the charged miners are still in hospital after being wounded in the shooting.
Police blamed striking miners for inciting violence leading up to the police shooting.
Video footage showed the miners threw grenades first, prompting police to retaliate in self-defense.
The 270 miners were rejected bail.
Their hearing has been adjourned for 7 days.