(See J. Fanell, p. 12, September 2016 Proceedings)
Commander J. Michael Dahm, U.S. Navy; Intelligence Officer and former Assistant Naval Attaché to China—Captain Fanell’s call for an end to military-to-military (mil-to-mil) engagement with the Chinese is both erroneous and ill-advised.
Overarching U.S. strategy toward China in most policy realms is to get them to “follow the rules”—i.e., international laws, norms, and standards. The Department of Defense’s contributing strategy is to “manage competition with China from a position of strength, while seeking ways to reduce the risk of misunderstanding or miscalculation.” (See Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia Abraham Denmark, press conference, 13 May 2016.) U.S.-China mil-to-mil engagement supports the latter objective.