“The two should express their resolve not to impose unilateral changes to the ‘status quo’ in Asia,” he said.
Paal argued that this would help restrain the growing friction between China and its neighbors over maritime claims, putting the onus on all sides not to add tension to difficult, sensitive issues.
“Both leaders could further call for negotiations on interim arrangements to manage resource competition among the claimants over fisheries, hydrocarbons and minerals,” he said.
Paal said a 10-year military objective could be to develop ties to a point where commanders who face each other have a responsibility to know each other personally, and exchange mobile phone numbers and contact procedures to reduce the potential for accidental conflict.
He said that US and Chinese military schools should exchange students at multiple career levels and that the US should “encourage China to be flexible about Taiwan’s officer training in the same schools.”