On the heels of Beijing's stunning slap at U.S. ships turned away from Hong Kong, a Chinese general last week said U.S.-China military relations are lagging behind overall U.S.-China ties because of congressional restrictions that were passed in 1999 to prevent China from gaining valuable warfighting knowledge.Maybe we should just build the weapons they want and give them to the PLA along with instructions written by the guys who create those assembly instructions for furniture you get from THEM.
Maj. Gen. Qian Lihua from the Defense Ministry’s foreign affairs office made the comments after meetings in Washington between U.S. and Chinese defense officials.
Qian said that the 1999 congressional restrictions of the Foreign Affairs Office of the Ministry of National Defense “have imposed restrictions on the development of the relations between the two armed forces in 12 areas."
“From the legal point of view, they are obstacles to the development of the relations between the two armed forces,” he said.
The congressional restrictions were passed after U.S. intelligence revealed that China gain valuable warfighting knowledge from the visits, including learning about the vulnerability of U.S. aircraft carriers. A short time after the incident, Beijing was detected purchasing wake-homing torpedoes for its anti-aircraft carrier attack operation.
C'MON, this is actually funny. They are saying if we trusted them enough for them to gain knowledge about how to fight a war (presumably with us) that would prove we are really friends?