The Asia-Pacific Rebalance: U.S. - China Military-to-Military Confidence-Building Measures

  • Colonel Kenneth S. Fu

China has cautioned that the military components of the United States rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region complicates the region’s security environment and believes U.S. actions are aimed directly at constraining China, ultimately harming its strategic interests. This paper examines the roots of this distrust and why U.S.-China military-to-military confidence building measures will be insufficient to overcome this distrust to improve the relationship between two militaries. Military-to-military relationship building efforts should instead focus more on developing crisis management and escalation control measures.