US-China Military-to-Military Relations in 2015

With tensions growing over the South China Sea, an exchange about the state of mil-mil relations between China and the United States is timely. Are they improving, as some have argued over the past year or more, or are they actually worsening, as recent warnings and potential confrontations have indicated? In this two-part exchange, the pros and cons of arguments about the state of these relations are aired, and then the authors weigh each other’s arguments in a second set of postings.