Hit bottom in 2010 the Sino-US military relations began to gradually pick up in early 2011. In January, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates visited China. In May, the PLA Chief of General Staff Chen Bingde visit, frank exchanges with the U.S. departments, both expressed concern about maintaining my core interests, but also demonstrated the sincerity of cooperation. In July, a return visit to the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen, went to China to organize its armed forces and the forces visited the Second Artillery exchanges, panoramic display of the military style. In a series of high-level exchanges, our military with an open attitude and constructive measures to express the emphasis on the development of military relations with the United States attitude. At the same time, US defense consultations and maritime military security consultations and working meetings and other Department of Defense mechanism of the exchange as planned. In May, in the third round of the Sino-US strategic economic dialogue under the framework of the two sides also set up a high-level diplomatic and military officials to participate in the strategic security dialogue mechanism. These mechanisms of dialogue and communication, and promote mutual understanding and to avoid misunderstandings miscarriage of justice. In addition, the military has conducted a number of professional exchanges, and played a better understanding, mutual learning and the role of mutual trust. These exchanges and cooperation, fully reflects the firm implementation of the Sino-US military heads of state reached important consensus on promoting the development of military relations have made new concrete efforts.
However, gradually into the track of normal development of Sino-US military relations, once again because the U.S. arms sales to Taiwan in a difficult situation. September 21, 2011, the U.S. Department of Defense announced a total value of $ 5.852 billion in arms sales plan. Therefore, the military plans of some of the high-level exchanges, joint exercises, and large events inevitably affected. The United States again and again and again to ignore China’s core interests, again to the detriment of military relations.
Over the years, Sino-US military relations are three major obstacles: First, the U.S. arms sales to Taiwan; Second, the U.S. military arrived in China from offshore continue to air reconnaissance; Third China-US military exchanges for U.S. law to draw the penalty area. In addition, the U.S. blockade of China’s military technology and arms embargo has lasted 20 years. If the U.S. does not eliminate the three major obstacles to make serious efforts, Sino-US military relations is difficult to develop smoothly.
Outlook 2012, both countries face a more complex security challenges, jointly cope with new challenges but also provides for bilateral military cooperation, new opportunities. In the United States and China committed to work together to build mutual respect, mutual benefit and win-win partnership context, the two armies should be dedicated to building mutual respect, cooperation and win-win new military relationship. (