U.S. Seeks Closer Military Ties with China

Posted December 19, 2014 at 1:40pm

The Wall Street Journal reports that “the next commander of U.S. military forces in the Pacific said Thursday he wouldn’t deviate from his predecessor’s strategy of seeking stronger military ties with China and other countries in the region despite conflicting territorial claims in the South China Sea.”  

“Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., who currently commands U.S. Navy forces in the Pacific and was confirmed last week as the next chief of the Hawaii-based U.S. Pacific Command, said China has been increasing tensions in the South China Sea in recent years, pushing several of the region’s countries to seek the U.S. as their security ally.”  

“’I think China’s actions are making countries out here—some of them—look to the U.S. as their security partner of choice, not China,’ Adm. Harris said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.”