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I would love to be a cricket in the room when these folks practice their major disinformation efforts. Who will outlie whom?
Be just like a liar's dice game but with pricier results.

S., China Navies Talk Joint Drills

Associated Press | February 28, 2008

BEIJING - The Chinese and U.S. navies may hold joint drills within the year as part of efforts to build stronger ties despite recent tensions and lingering mistrust.

The exercises were discussed this week during a visit by Maj. Gen. Thomas Conant, the U.S. Pacific Command's director for strategic planning and policy, China's official Xinhua News Agency reported Feb. 27, citing unidentified Defense Ministry officials.

"The two sides exchanged views frankly and in depth on relevant issues concerning China-U.S. maritime military safety, and discussed holding a joint maritime exercise between the two navies within the year," Xinhua said. No other details were given, although in the past the two navies have held joint search-and-rescue exercises and joined in anti-terrorism drills hosted by Pakistan.

Xinhua said talks were held Feb. 25 and 26 in the port city of Qingdao, home to China's North Sea Fleet, with naval deputy chief of staff Rear Adm. Zhang Leiyu leading the Chinese delegation.

It said the U.S. delegation also met with North Sea Fleet commander, Rear Adm. Zhang Panhong, and visited vessels in the fleet, which has some of China's most advanced submarines and ships.

A spokesman at U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii said Conant remained in Beijing and a report on the talks was not expected until next week. Spokesmen for the U.S. Embassy in Beijing could not immediately be reached for comment.

The talks are part of a dialogue mechanism that started in 1997 and has endured despite periodic tremors in U.S.-China relations.

Washington urges Beijing to be more open about the purpose of its soaring military spending, while Beijing resents U.S. support for Taiwan, the self-governing island China considers part of its territory to be reunified by force if necessary.

Beijing increased its military budget by nearly 18 percent to about $45 billion last year, and is adding billions of dollars' worth of new warplanes, ships and submarines to project force farther from its shores.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she raised the need for greater military transparency in a meeting Tuesday with Chinese Foreign Ministry Yang Jiechi in Beijing.

"We think that one of the strongest means by which to improve transparency is the military-to-military relationship," Rice told reporters Tuesday night.

"That has really accelerated over the last several years of the administration and we think that that's really the way that you get at transparency issues," Rice said.

Washington questioned China's willingness to abide by international maritime protocols after Beijing last year refused to allow three U.S. Navy ships to dock in Hong Kong.

While China blamed technical issues, the refusals were believed to be at least partly linked to the leadership's anger over U.S. military sales to Taiwan and the awarding of a Congressional Gold Medal to Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.
 

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I am not at all suprised Jabba. China isn't stupid. They know the threats that exist to world oil supplies and tankers. They also know they can't tackle a determined interruption by themselves. Sure they're on decent terms with lots of ME countries, but they trust religious fanatics even less than we do.

They have a whole lot more in common with the US than they do with Iran and our common interests are what's bringing this about IMO.
 

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I hope you are correct on the common interests. I just cannot believe that after years of Pedophile Mao that they have our best interests at heart. I do recognize that they love a consumer that buys their products. Makes em rich. And while they might not want to lose that market, I bet their more nationalistic embedded ones would not miss a chance to eliminate a threat.
 

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The Chinese aren't being benevolent. Just looking out for common interests and assuring themselves that they will keep the prosperity going.
 
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