U.S.-China Military Contacts: Issues for Congress
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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This CRS Report discusses policy issues regarding military-to-military mil-to-mil contacts with the Peoples Republic of China PRC and provides a record of major contacts since 1993. The United States suspended military contacts with China and imposed sanctions on arms sales in response to the Tiananmen Crackdown in 1989. In 1993, the Clinton Administration began to reengage the PRC leadership up to the highest level and including Chinas military, the Peoples Liberation Army PLA. Renewed military exchanges with the PLA have not regained the closeness reached in the 1980s, when U.S.-PRC strategic cooperation against the Soviet Union included U.S. arms sales to China. Improvements and deteriorations in overall bilateral relations have affected military contacts, which were close in 1997-1998 and 2000, but marred by the 1995-1996 Taiwan Strait crisis, mistaken NATO bombing of a PRC embassy in 1999, and the EP- 3 aircraft collision crisis in 2001 as well as the naval confrontations in March 2009.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Forces and Organizations