The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 have placed the United States and the People's Republic of China at an interesting crossroad in Sino-American military relations. Recognizing the profound affect of trans-national terrorism on each of their nations, both countries are positioned to potentially embark on a cooperative military relationship in the global war on terrorism. Although Sino-American military relations have remained largely strained over the last decade, military cooperation in the global war on terrorism can provide the means to achieve the end state of a healthy military exchange between the two world powers. China's military will continue to grow and improve, the United States is at a point in time where it must make the choice to be an active participant in the direction that China's military develops.
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