“Rumsfeld to visit China, eyes hot line for defense,” by Bill Gertz, The Washington Times, http://www.washtimes.com/national/20050208-115248-4196r.htm, 9 February 2005. (from “).
After a rocky (pre-9/11) start, the United States and China are building up military ties
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has agreed to visit China this year and the Pentagon is discussing the creation of a telephone hot line to the Chinese military, Pentagon officials said yesterday.
“We’ve agreed in principle and [Mr. Rumsfeld is] interested in going,” a senior defense official said, noting that no date has been set.
The article does not have a Barnettian take, but it’s fits nicely into his theories. The Taiwan issue still has to be cooled down, but both nations want a closer relationship.