By Richard Halloran
The Washington Times
February 16, 2008
HONOLULU — The commander of U.S. forces in Asia says he pressed Chinese leaders on a recent visit to explain the intentions behind their expanding military power, thus injecting a fresh element into security relations between the two countries.
Until now, U.S. political and military leaders have insisted that Chinese leaders be more “transparent” in their military activity — disclosing what weapons and equipment they have acquired, how much they have spent on their armed forces and the state of training and readiness of those forces.
But Adm. Timothy Keating said in an interview that transparency “is not enough
“We don’t want just transparency, we want to understand their intentions. There’s a big difference,” he said. “That’s a much more aggressive position for us to ask of them.”