U.S.-China Security Management: Assessing the Military-To-Military Relationship

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CHAPTER THREE
Strategic Factors Affecting U.S.-China Security
Relations

The U.S.-China military relationship cannot be divorced from the overall bilateral relationship, so it is of interest to examine the current state of U.S.-China relations. Although bilateral ties were harmed by the EP-3 incident, U.S.-China relations have remained stable and have improved since its resolution. China and the United States have been able to cooperate in diplomatic, economic, and security areas. President Bush dropped his campaign description of China as a strategic competitor, asserting instead that “America wants a constructive relationship with China.”1 Beijing, for its part, has supported the United States in the war on terror and stated in February 2002 that the United States and China would “intensify high-level strategic dialogue, as well as contacts between various agencies” of the U.S. and PRC governments.2

Lurking behind this tactical improvement in relations, however, are irritants in the overall bilateral relationship. Strategically, the activist foreign policy of the United States increased after the September 11 terror attacks, causing widespread suspicion in China that the United States is bent on containing China. China's threats toward

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1
“U.S., China Stand Against Terrorism, Remarks by President Bush and President Jiang Zemin,” White House press release, October 19, 2001.
2
“President Bush Meets with Chinese President Jiang Zemin,” White House press release, February 21, 2002.

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  • Preface iii
  • Rand Project Air Force iv
  • The Rand Corporation Quality Assurance Process v
  • Contents vii
  • Tables ix
  • Summary xi
  • Acknowledgments xvii
  • Acronyms xix
  • Chapter One - Introduction 1
  • Chapter Two - Historical Context 5
  • Chapter Three - Strategic Factors Affecting U.S.-China Security Relations 29
  • Chapter Four - The U.S. Debate Over U.S.-China Military Relations 43
  • Chapter Five - Chinese Views of Military Relationships 75
  • Chapter Six - Conclusion and Recommendations 87
  • Bibliography 101
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