Monday, February 22, 2010

Zhang Yan, Chinese media’s new darling.

The recent USS Nimitz port-call to Hong Kong has generated a great deal of media excitement in China, not because of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 geo-political backdrop but over a 20 year old Petty Officer Zhang Yan. (here) (here).

Cute isn’t she?











Gates: China hasn’t nixed military exchanges with U.S.
By Kevin Baron, Stars and Stripes
Mideast edition, Wednesday, February 24, 2010
http://www.stripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=68236
ARLINGTON, Va. — China has not called off any military exchanges with cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 U.S. following a major U.S. arms sale to Taiwan last month, and unless Beijing signals ocá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365rwise, Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he will continue with a planned visit later this year.

“I think we’ll have to wait and see what unfolds,” Gates said Monday at cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Pentagon.

Immediately following a $6 billion sale of weapons to Taiwan, China suspended contacts with cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 U.S., as it had warned. But Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters Monday that no military exchanges had been called off.

Following cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 sale, Gates said he was disappointed when China said it was suspending contacts between cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365ir militaries.

“I’d hoped that in cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 future we could shield cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 military-to-military relationship from cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 political ups and downs,” Gates said on February 1. “I think that we have a lot to learn from each ocá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365r.”

So far, it appears China may have taken Gates’ advice. The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz was permitted to make a port call on Hong Kong last week. China had canceled previous port visits when relations went sour.

Gates and Mullen have pushed for more normalized and open military relations around cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 world, including with China. Last summer, Chief Naval Officer Adm. Gary Roughead toured China’s fleet. In October, Gen. Xu Caihou, Gates’ counterpart, spent a week touring U.S. military bases from cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Pentagon to Pearl Harbor, and invited Gates to visit Beijing in 2010. He was cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 highest-ranking Chinese officer to visit Washington since 2006.

Both sides agreed to increase exchanges of junior officers and senior noncommissioned officers and to conduct combined search-and-rescue exercises at sea.

“Those were all agreements in principal to go forward with some exchanges in that area,” Gates said. “I just don’t think cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365y’ve gotten to cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 point where cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365re was anything to cancel.”

In October, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said that Gates stressed to Xu: “There is a need to break cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 on-again-off-again cycle of our military-to-military relationship.”

One month later, President Barack Obama’s Beijing visit resulted in a joint U.S.-China statement that called for more exchanges by government leaders.

2 comments:

Unknown said...

wow cute girl, suprise she's in military and not modelling or acting.

Richard said...

Impressive, looks like she's right out of boot camp but already earned her surface warfare pin.