Ups and downs of Sino-U.S. military relations

16:39, October 29, 2009      

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On June 5 1989, after American President Bush announced sanctions against China, Sino-U.S. military exchange was blocked.

In 1994, communication which was interrupted for five years between two the armies’ senior officials was been restarted. In August, Xu Huizi, the vice-chief of staff of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), visited the U.S. In October, American Secretary of Defense Pery visited China.

In 1995, because the American Government allowed Li Denghui to visit U.S. and seriously violated the foundation of Sino-U.S. relations, China’s Air Force Commander Yu Zhenwu interrupted his visit in U.S., and the Secretary of Defense Chi Haotian also postponed his visit to U.S.

In December the same year, Sino-U.S. military exchanges are restored. Minister Chi Haotian paid an official visit to U.S.

On May 8, 1999, the U.S. bombed the Chinese embassy in Yugoslavia, which seriously harmed the Sino-US relations. On May 10, the spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry announced a delay to high level exchanges between the two armies.

In January, 2000, the exchange between Chinese and American armies was restored. From January 24 to 26, the Vice-Chief of Staff Xiong Guangkai paid a visit to the U.S. to take part in the third defense consultation between Sino-U.S. vice secretaries of defense.

Because of the “Air Crash Event” between Sino and U.S. on April 1 2001, the U.S. Secretary of Defense unilaterally announced a halt to the two armies’ communications.

From September 14 to 15 in 2001, the ad-hoc meeting of Sino-U.S. marine military safety consultation mechanism held in U.S. island, Guam marked the restoration of communications between the two armies.

In October2008, because the U.S. insisted signing an arms sale contract with Taiwan worth at 6.5 billion U.S. dollars, Sino-U.S. military relations once again fell to the lowest point.

From February 27 to 28 2009, the vice director of the foreign affairs office at the Ministry of Defense, Mr Qian lihua, and the U.S. deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Xie Weisen, held the fifth work consultation between Chinese and American Department of Defense in Beijing. Hereafter, the Sino-U.S. military relations began to be gradually restored.

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