Gates Says China’s PLA May be Trying to Thwart Ties

U.S. Defense Secretary says he believes the Chinese military is acting independently of the political leadership to interfere with U.S. ties. From Reuters:

China scaled back military ties with the United States after the Obama administration notified Congress in January of a plan to sell Taiwan up to $6.4 billion worth of arms.

In what some American officials took as a snub, China turned down a proposed visit by Gates aimed at mending fences during his trip to Asia this week.

U.S. officials have long described China as a “hard target” for intelligence-gathering. Gates, a former CIA director, acknowledged that the Pentagon was having difficulty reading the intentions of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

“My opinion (is) that the PLA is significantly less interested in developing this relationship than the political leadership of the country,” Gates told reporters on his plane as he arrived in Singapore to attend a major security conference.


CDT on Twitter

Google Ads 1


Giving Assistant

Amazon Smile

Google Ads 2

Anti-censorship Tools

Life Without Walls

Click on the image to download Firefly for circumvention

Open popup

Welcome back!

CDT is a non-profit media site, and we need your support. Your contribution will help us provide more translations, breaking news, and other content you love.