First time in history, Chinese military trains in continental U.S.

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Chinese military at Joint Base Lewis-McChord2
Adam Ashton reports for The (Tacoma) News Tribune, Nov. 20, 2015, that “an unusual military exchange” took place this past week when 80 soldiers from China’s People’s Liberation Army were brought to a military base in the continental U.S. for the first time — the Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). (There had been at least one instance of the Chinese military training in Hawaii.)
Joint Base Lewis-McChord is a U.S. military installation home to the I Corps and 62nd Airlift Wing located 9.1 miles south-southwest of Tacoma, Washington. Lewis is the U.S. Army Fort Lewis; McChord is the U.S. McChord Air Force Base. The two were merged on Feb. 1, 2010.
The military exchange is the latest in an 11-year sequence of formal exchanges between the U.S. and Chinese armies focused on preparing for natural disasters.
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Leaders from both countries view disaster preparation as an area where they can cooperate and build trust, possibly reducing the likelihood of an armed conflict in East Asia.
“Any time you continue to have partnership, you continue to communicate, you continue to train together, that’s what contributes to de-escalation,” said Lt. Gen. Stephen Lanza, commander of JBLM’s I Corps.
Maj. Gen. Zhang Jian, the highest-ranking Chinese officer participating in the exchange, said, “This exercise will help the two sides … so we can jointly maintain peace and stability.”
This week’s exchange asked senior-ranking soldiers from both countries to play out how they might respond to a serious earthquake on a fictional Pacific island. Ground-level soldiers participated in exercises where they demonstrated search-and-rescue techniques. In the past, the U.S. and China have responded separately to extreme natural disasters, such as the earthquake in Nepal earlier this year.
Maj. Gen. Edward Dorman, commander of the Army’s Hawaii-based 8th Theater Sustainment Command, said that with practice, “the U.S. and the (People’s Republic of China) can enhance collaboration so we can bring a more timely response in a humanitarian disaster.”
Chinese military at Joint Base Lewis-McChord
Out in the field, ground-level soldiers from both countries appeared to enjoy themselves. They showed off tools they use to extract people from damaged buildings and shared methods of treating the injured.
“We should get one of these,” a search-and-rescue airman from the Washington Air National Guard proclaimed as he watched a Chinese soldier wield a saw that made cutting rebar look easy.
JBLM’s Spc. William Soyster, 24, said the exchange left him feeling hopeful: “With all the craziness in the world, it’s nice to be working with the Chinese army. It’s a reminder that we’re all in this together. We’re all human.”
The News Tribune did not quote any Chinese soldier in the exchange expressing similar feelings. In fact, as you can see in a video about the exchange, from which I took the above 3 screen shots, the faces of the Chinese military at JBLM all look grim, if not dour.
~Eowyn

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0 responses to “First time in history, Chinese military trains in continental U.S.

  1. Our government and military have gone out of their minds…Why train with Red Communists who would love to overtake the US. These people have absolutely destroyed America and China should never have been allowed into free trade. Insanity seems to be the case with the US government today.

     
  2. Pretty soon Washington will give the Chinese complete control of the states of California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. Why? The Chinese own trillions of dollars worth of worthless United States bonds. They are going to seize our land in payment.

     
    • It’s ok, really: they cannot cash them all in at one time, as feared, for their value would plummet. They made, we bought.
      I noticed in a WalMart in the East Bay area in 2001 that while Chinese goods were the most abundant, there were also a surprising [to me] lot from Canada, likely making us WalMart’s #2 supplier. There wasn’t much from the USA, but maybe it wasn’t labelled as such?.

       
  3. The video deals with Disaster Exchange: if natural, good; if Hegelian, not so much.

     
  4. Why weren’t the Chinese soldiers smiling? Because they have trouble spying and smiling at the same time? Maybe their commanding officers have told them if they don’t get certain military and political information and bring it back to China they won’t be seeing their families again. I’d have a hard time smiling under those circumstances.

     
    • But that’s no worse than a visit by two USA gubbint men in black suits telling you that if you talk about whatever, they’ll come for yr children first, then your wife, and you never, so you can think about it. What a deal, eh?
      This is what happened to friends of mine, former US Army vets who afterwards spent 7 yrs in military intelligence as civilians; one of them dies of cardiac arrest w/o any history of heart trouble, two by ‘accidents’ that are so convoluted that even Jeb Bush would have to say “Well, yes, but….” and the list goes on.
      Yes, but my ass! China or Russia or France or Germany or Italy or you name it: all the same!

       
  5. What is even more interesting is, a few years back during Rimpac in Hawaii, before the Chinese were ever invited, they were caught, off shore with their radar going strong. Two years later, they were invited.
    If you look up the guest lists, there are some interesting participants and the access to our military is astounding. Go figure.

     
  6. Training for natural disasters? My ass. Only a fool would believe that.

     

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