China and the United States will resume military-to-military ties, reported People’s Daily, the Communist Party’s flagship publication, on Tuesday. A two-day meeting will start on the 27th of this month in Beijing between a U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense and a deputy chief of the People’s Liberation Army. China broke off military ties last October to express displeasure over Washington’s sale of $6.5 billion of arms to Taiwan, which the Chinese government considers to be one of its provinces.
“It’s our desire to have more exchanges with the Chinese,” said Admiral Timothy Keating, commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific, this week. “We want to do more with them.” That’s an extraordinarily bad idea, especially because the exchanges have essentially been one-way giveaways of information and know-how to the Chinese. Yet Keating keeps on trying. In 2007, he said the United States would be willing to help the People’s Liberation Army Navy — yes, that’s what they call it — build aircraft carriers. Now, he says the U.S. Navy would be willing to “work with” Beijing’s carriers when they are built. In other words, he is willing to help the Chinese learn things that would take them years to figure out on their own.
Unfortunately, our admirals think they are so far ahead of the Chinese navy that they can afford to be generous with information. Moreover, they have a seemingly unshakable belief that they can establish stable relations with the Chinese even though Beijing’s goal is to remove American forces from Asia and surrounding waters. Our admirals apparently trust their goodwill gestures will be reciprocated when past years’ events show the opposite.
So here’s a newsflash for you, Admiral Keating: The Chinese are configuring their navy to sink your ships. You can help them do that, but I suspect most Americans would not think this is a good idea.