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.
Military-to-military cooperation between the United States and China has been stalled for years. Here’s a suggestion to help bolster it.
By Lieutenant Commander Jason P. Grower, U.S. Navy