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The Single Most Important Relationship in the World: 

The U.S. - China Military Relationship

Areas of Potential Conflicts
China’s Rise & Challenges

Excerpts from Obama - Hu Joint Communique - 2011

II. Building and Deepening Bilateral Strategic Trust

The United States and China are of the view that in the 21st century, global challenges are growing, countries are more interdependent, and the need for peace, development, and cooperation is increasing.  The United States and China have an increasingly broad base of cooperation and share increasingly important common responsibilities on many major issues concerning global stability and prosperity.  The two countries should further strengthen coordination and cooperation, work together to tackle challenges, and promote world peace, security and prosperity.

The two countries believe that to nurture and deepen bilateral strategic trust is essential to U.S.-China relations in the new era.  During their discussions, the Chinese side said that it resolutely follows the path of peaceful development and a win-win strategy of opening-up, and is committed to promoting the building of a harmonious world of enduring peace and common prosperity.  The United States reiterated that it welcomes a strong, prosperous and successful China that plays a greater role in world affairs.  The United States stated that it is committed to working with other countries in addressing the most difficult international problems they face. China welcomes the United States as an Asia-Pacific nation that contributes to peace, stability and prosperity in the region.  The two sides reiterated that they are committed to building a positive, cooperative and comprehensive U.S.-China relationship for the 21st century, and will take concrete actions to steadily build a partnership to address common challenges.

The United States and China underscored the importance of the Taiwan issue in U.S.-China relations.  China emphasized that the Taiwan issue concerns China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and expressed the hope that the United States will honor its relevant commitments and appreciate and support the Chinese side’s position on this issue.  The United States stated that it follows its one China policy and abides by the principles of the three U.S.-China joint communiqués.  The United States welcomes the peaceful development of relations across the Taiwan Strait and looks forward to efforts by both sides to increase dialogues and interactions in economic, political, and other fields, and develop more positive and stable cross-Strait relations.

The two countries reiterated that the fundamental principle of respect for each other’s sovereignty and territorial integrity is at the core of the three U.S.-China joint communiqués which guide U.S.-China relations.  Neither side supports any attempts by any force to undermine this principle.  The two sides agreed that respecting each other’s core interests is extremely important to ensure steady progress in U.S.-China relations.

The United States and China believe that bilateral cooperation on common global challenges will contribute to a more prosperous and secure world.  They reaffirmed their commitment made on 27 June 1998 not to target at each other the strategic nuclear weapons under their respective control.  The two sides believed that the two countries have common interests in promoting the peaceful use of outer space and agree to take steps to enhance security in outer space.  The two sides agreed to discuss issues of strategic importance through such channels as the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue and military-to-military exchanges.

The United States and China agreed to handle through existing channels of consultations and dialogue military security and maritime issues in keeping with norms of international law and on the basis of respecting each other’s jurisdiction and interests.

  1.     Chinese military development and modernization programs are purely compensatory during the past thirty years.  However, the pace will pick up in the next ten to twenty-five years.  


  1.      It is most important to establish a long term cooperative relationship with the U.S. military.  All the issues will become easier. 


  1.      It is not necessary to build up an Army as comprehensive and strong as the U.S. as China’s interests lie differently. 


  1.       The militarist Right of Japan will never succeed because a powerful United States would never let it happen.  


  1.       Before Taiwan can be united with the mainland, China cannot be claimed as a Super Power or even a Power.  


  1.       A nuclearized China, with 1.4 billion people and a full-fledged industry, strong R&D,  an all-out war with China will not be victorious by any nation. 


  1.       Chinese military has improved dramatically its anti-access and area denial capabilities, it is a matter of time before the U.S. withdraw from the First Island Chain. 

Under the leadership of China’s CCP, Chinese Army land force has remained traditionally strong.  Although compensatory in nature, Chinese military has been undergoing a fast modernization process, and those above categories serves as key advancements of weapon technologies and People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) striking advantages:  Bei-Dou Navigation Satellite System, Tianlian Space Program, Second Artillery, J20 and other Stealth Technologies for fighters, and Type 094 SSBN. 

Military exists for War. Military needs a Target Enemy.  This creates a complex environment for the U.S. - China military relationship.


Except for a brief period in the late 1970s and 1980s during the Cold War, when China and the U.S. had a common adversary, Soviet Union, the U.S. and Chinese military interrelationship is very limited. Mutual distrust and animosity are fairly strong underneath the table.   Faced with various levels of tensions between them over many issues, and with the least desire for an inevitable confrontation, both militaries, under the encouragement of both civil leaderships, are building a strategic trust.  Since nothing of an established relationship to deepen as yet, it is important to maintain this at a stable level. 


Military exists to defend against threats to its core interests.  The U.S. military certainly takes China as one of the potential threats, if not the only one; China, on the other hand, is already taking the U.S. threat to its core interests very seriously.  Its rapid modernization is evidently to improve its capabilities to defend them. The conflict zone lies in Taiwan Strait and First Island Chain, especially the Diao Yu Island currently under Japanese control.


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U.S. politicians might take a look at the geopolitical environment and the determinations of Richard Nixon when he decided to go to China.  It might be useful for such a big move to greatly improve Sino U.S. relations for a long and sustained friendship. 



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View China is strong enough.

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View China is being set up by the U.S.

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