Who is to blame for strained China-U.S. military ties?

08:10, June 07, 2010      

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U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates complained at a security forum in Singapore over the weekend about China's turning down his request for a visit to Beijing during his Asia tour, claiming that China's attitude "makes little sense."

There is no official confirmation from the Chinese side of Gates' complaint. But judging from a sequence of events, it is obviously not China, but the United States that should be blamed for the setback in bilateral military ties.

Military-to-military relations between China and the United States have been chilled since Washington decided in January to sell 6.4 billion U.S. dollars' worth of military hardware to Taiwan, including the advanced PAC-3 air defense missile system.

At the forum, General Ma Xiaotian, deputy chief of general staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, made it clear that main obstacles exist in the development of bilateral military relations.

He mentioned the arms sales to Taiwan as well as frequent reconnaissance operations by the U.S. naval ships and aircraft in the waters and airspace of China's exclusive economic zones and U.S. legislation's restrictions on bilateral military exchanges.

As General Ma stressed, "the barriers between U.S.-China military relations are not built by China."

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