U.S. China Military Ties

The Defense Dept. is pushing to resume regular military contacts with China. Such exchanges were suspended after Beijing crushed democracy demonstrations in Tiananmen Square in June, 1989. But senior Pentagon officials believe reestablishing military ties would enhance U.S. understanding of China's strategic aims and its weapons purchases. As a first, tentative step, the National Defense University, which is funded by the Defense Dept., would host a conference for Chinese military academics late this year. But the White House has yet to give a green light.