Neville Chamberlain would be proud.
Obama called for a boost in military dialogue between the U.S. and China during a meeting with the Chinese foreign minister Thursday, after a weekend confrontation between a U.S. vessel and Chinese ships in the South China Sea.
“During today’s meeting, President Obama and Foreign Minister Yang discussed the overall state of the U.S.-China bilateral relationship, emphasizing the desire of both sides to strengthen cooperation and build a positive and constructive U.S.-China relationship,” the White House said in a press release issued Thursday. “The President also stressed the importance of raising the level and frequency of the U.S.-China military-to-military dialogue in order to avoid future incidents.”
The U.S. Navy vessel caught up in diplomatic tension between the U.S. and China has no plans to discontinue its operations in the South China Sea, Pentagon sources told FOX News on Thursday.
A Department of Defense official told FOX News that the USS Chung-Hoon has been assigned to escort the USNS Impeccable as it conducts oceanographic floor mapping and submarine surveillance in the South China Sea.
The Navy has said the Impeccable was operating legally on Sunday when it was harassed by Chinese boats in international waters about 75 miles off China’s southern island province of Hainan.
……Of particular interest to the U.S. Navy is the new submarine base near the resort city of Sanya that is home to the Chinese navy’s most sophisticated craft.
Satellite photographs of the base taken last year and posted on the Internet by the Federation of American Scientists show a submarine cave entrance and a pier, with a Chinese nuclear-powered Jin class sub docked there.
While little else is known, its location on the South China Sea offers the Chinese navy access to crucial waterways through which much of the shipping bound for Japan and Northeast Asia must travel.
The Hainan base shows how China is paying increasing attention to the South China Sea and other important waterways that are vital to its booming international trade and the delivery of oil and other natural resources for the expanding economy.
The Chinese military buildup is accelerating and their deliberate confrontations with U.S. military vessels and aircraft is on the rise. In case Obama hasn’t figured it out yet, they’re testing not just the military response, but the resolve of this country’s leadership.
Remember what Biden said about THE ONE being ‘tested’ not six months into his term? He’s been tested several times already and failed miserably.
Keep talking, Obama.