Robert Gates

Gates Urges Firmer Military Ties with China

U.S. Secretary Defense Robert Gates is in China to rebuild military ties between the two countries. From Reuters: Gates’s trip to China comes a week ahead of Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to the United States...

US to Renew Military Ties with a Rising China

When Robert Gates arrives in China over the weekend, it will be the first visit to the country by a U.S. Secretary of Defense in 11 years. The Washington Post reports: In the past year, China’s diplomatic and military...

Gates Challenges China

AP reports: Defense Secretary Robert Gates challenged China to deal with the short-term question of how to respond to antagonistic North Korea and the longer-term issue of whether Beijing’s expanding military could establish...

In Japan, U.S. Losing Diplomatic Ground to China

From the New York Times: When Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates visited Japan’s new leaders in October, not long after their historic election, he pressed so hard and so publicly for a military base agreement that the Japanese...

Gates Says US Ready for Any China “Threat”

Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton commented on U.S.-China relations. From International Herald Tribune: Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Tuesday assured lawmakers that the United States is...

US-China Military Ties Warm With Hotline – Jing-dong Yuan

From Asia Times: United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’ visit to China this week, his first since assuming office in January, has achieved some tangible results. However, for US-China military ties to develop, Washington and Beijing will have to engage in further dialogue, dispel misperceptions and develop strategies for mutual understanding and common interests. […]

U.S., China Remain Split in Talks – Yochi J. Dreazen

From Wall Street Journal: Senior U.S. and Chinese defense officials traded compliments at the start of a two-day summit here, but the two countries remained divided on issues such the future of Iran’s nuclear program. During closed-door meetings with visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, high-ranking Chinese officials reacted coolly to U.S. calls for tougher […]

Gates In China For Military Talks – AFP

From AFP: US Defence Secretary Robert Gates arrived here Sunday for talks with Chinese leaders about a military buildup that has raised US concerns about Beijing’s intentions. A Chinese anti-satellite test in January, advances in cyber warfare, and the development of missiles capable of striking US naval forces and air bases at long ranges have […]

US Defense Chief Heads to China – AFP

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates left on a trip for Beijing. From AFP: The US side is hoping the Chinese will agree to establish a telephone hot line linking the Pentagon and Chinese defense ministry as a mark of improving security ties, a senior defense official said. But on his first trip to China as […]

Gates To Raise US Concerns About Military Transparency In China – AFP

From AFP: US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday he will raise US concerns about the lack of transparency surrounding China’s military programs when he meets with Chinese leaders next week. Gates will visit China, South Korea and Japan in his first trip to northeast Asia as US defense secretary. Asked at a news conference […]

Shifting Policy, U.S. Offers to Work with China’s Military – Mark Mazzetti

From International Herald Tribune: Two years after Donald Rumsfeld bluntly criticized China’s rapid military buildup, Defense Secretary Robert Gates struck a conciliatory tone toward Beijing on Saturday, saying the United States and China have the opportunity to “build trust over time.” In a speech delivered from the same podium where Rumsfeld, his predecessor, said in […]

Robert Gates backs defense of Taiwan – Charles Snyder

From Taipei Times: Gates, who is awaiting confirmation to replace Donald Rumsfeld, was unequivocal in his support for Washington defending Taiwan from Chinese attack. The man picked to be the next US secretary of defense has warned that the US must be prepared to engage in a military conflict with China over Taiwan, according to […]

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