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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 […]

Panda Slugger – Soyoung Ho

From Washington Monthly: In May 2002, ten months before he became president of China, Hu Jintao visited Donald Rumsfeld at the Pentagon. The meeting, as then-Vice President Hu saw it, had gone well. Routine U.S.-Chinese military-to-military contacts, which had been suspended since 2001 after a tense standoff over a damaged U.S. spy plane, were to […]

A subtler China policy? – Ralph A. Cossa

From the International Herald Tribune: It was a kinder, gentler Donald Rumsfeld who emerged at this year’s annual gathering of senior Asia-Pacific defense officials in Singapore recently. Press coverage of the U.S. defense secretary’s speech focused on his criticism of Iran as a “terrorist nation.” But the real story was his tempered, more nuanced discussions […]

Rumsfeld: China Has Much to Lose if It Becomes a Threat – Chosun Ilbo

From Chosun Ilbo: U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says China has much to lose if its leaders decide to use the country’s fast-growing military power in threatening ways. The secretary made the comment while assessing his just-concluded visit to Asia during a flight to Europe for meetings on other issues. Meanwhile, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee […]

Rumsfeld Tells China Its Military Buildup Worries Neighbors – Thom Shanker

From the New York Times: Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld concluded a visit to Beijing on Thursday with an unusual round table with Chinese officers about the two countries’ military abilities and intentions. Mr. Rumsfeld told students and faculty members at the Academy of Military Sciences here that China’s neighbors were worried about its decision […]

Rumsfeld warns against a new ‘wall’ – Thom Shanker

From the International Herald Tribune: The U.S. defense secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, urged the next generation of China’s Communist leadership on Wednesday to become “a major player” in the global economy by taking steps to strengthen the system and not just reap the financial rewards, and he warned against erecting “another type of Great Wall” restricting […]

Rumsfeld worried by China military expansion – Demetri Sevastopulo

From The Financial Times: Donald Rumsfeld, US defence secretary, on Tuesday reiterated concerns about the rapid expansion in China’s military and a lack of transparency in its defence budget. “It is interesting that other countries wonder why they are increasing their defence effort at the pace they are and yet not acknowledging it. That is […]

AP: Rumsfeld confronts China

From AP, via Kansas City Star: Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeldbluntly challenged China today, saying Beijing must provide more political freedom to its citizens. “Ultimately, China will need to embrace some form of open, representative government if it is to fully achieve the benefits to which its people aspire,” he said. See also: China’s economic growth […]

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