Military-to-military cooperation between the United States and China has been stalled for years. Here’s a suggestion to help bolster it.
For more than 20 years, the United States has been seeking ways to expand bilateral cooperation with China to help improve U.S.-Chinese relations. One of the most frustrating efforts has been in the United States’ attempts to build ties between the two countries’ military establishments. Since 1994, when then-Secretary of Defense William J. Perry proposed regular military-to-military exchanges, the Chinese have alternatively embraced such cooperation and later suspended it abruptly, usually to show their anger over U.S. actions such as continued American arms sales to Taiwan.