Sunday, September 8, 2013


The Dragon Visits: The lead in and link below take you to a story from CHINA DAILY.

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China's top admiral visits United States

Updated: 2013-09-09 02:09

By Chen Weihua in Washington and Li Xiaokun in Beijing (China Daily)

China's top naval official left Beijing for a visit to the United States on Sunday, a move experts described as part of the "rare, determined and intensive efforts" by Beijing and Washington in recent months to improve military ties.
The trip coincides with a joint China-US naval drill, involving three Chinese warships, scheduled on Monday in waters off Hawaii.
Wu Shengli, commander-in-chief of the People's Liberation Army navy, will pay an official visit at the invitation of Chief of US Naval Operations Admiral Jon Greenert, the Chinese navy said in a news release on Sunday.
His tour comes three weeks after Minister of National Defense Chang Wanquan visited the US.

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ANALYSIS: This visit must be viewed in the light of the simultaneous joint U.S. / Chinese search and rescue exercise and port call going on at the same time in Hawaii. Strong protests by U.S. allies Japan and the Philippines, the naval forces expansions in Japan, and the Philippines, and the U.S. "Pivot to the Pacific; all in response to Chinese attempts to take over islands belonging to Japan and the Philippines have obviously generated a "charm offensive". A "Charm Offensive" is still an offensive. The purpose of the Dragon is to lower the level of concern and attention paid to the issue in order to continue the push at a somewhat lower level of intensity. This land grab isn't over until either all coastal states in the China Seas give up their island territories to the Dragon, the Dragon is finally worn down from the effort and decides to conform its behavior to existing international law, or some combined force sinks the dragon fleet.

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