Shocking! This is what Strategic Patience, a failure to follow through on a Syrian Red Line, and an over-emphasis on global climate change has brought us. Thank goodness Strategic Patience has been relegated to the dustbin of history. A policy only Neville Chamberlain could love.
Our Pacific allies and Russia…..will be watching how this dance plays out. RCP, fortunascorner.com
PRC: China’s Navy Commander Meets U.S. Commander,
Calls On U.S. To Stop Close Reconnaissance Of China
Beijing Jiefangjun Bao Online in Chinese 17 Jun 17
[Special Contributing Reporter Mo Xiaoliang and Reporter Wang Lingshuo: “Shen Jinlong Meets with US Navy Pacific
[Source date: 17 June 2017]
On the afternoon of 16 June, Navy Commander Shen Jinlong met with the visiting Commander of the US Pacific Fleet
Scott Harbison Swift in Beijing.
Shen Jinlong said that at present thanks to the common efforts of various countries in the periphery of the South China
Sea, the situation in the South China Sea emerges a positive development trend. The US navy vessels that carry out the
so-called “freedom of navigation” operations in the South China Sea seriously hurt China’s sovereignty and security, and
are extremely easy to trigger misunderstanding, miscalculation, and air and sea accidents and incidents.
It is hoped that the US side can proceed from the overall situation of China-US relations, do more things that are conducive to peace and
stability in the South China Sea, and stop close reconnaissance operations against China. The cooperation between the
Chinese and US navies is greater than differences. The two sides should further enhance high-level communication,
exchange visits of vessels, carry out joint drills and joint training and exchanges between military academies and
institutes, and other types of cooperation, strictly implement the “Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea” and the “Rules
of Behavior for Safety of Air and Maritime Encounters between China and the United States,” effectively manage and
control behavior of first-line troops, and jointly maintain regional security and stability.
Swift said that the US side attaches importance to developing friendly cooperative relations with the Chinese Navy, invites
the Chinese side to send vessels to take part in next year’s Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC 2018), deepens practical
cooperation at various levels and areas, and promotes the constant forward development of the friendly relations between
the two countries’ navies.
[On-line version of the daily newspaper of the Central Military Commission of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA),
reporting on a wide range of military affairs; URL: http://www.chinamil.com.cn/]