China Hears Straight Talk From Hester

General Paul V. Hester of PACAF told AFA’s symposium audience that he recently has hosted delegations of Chinese leaders visiting Hickam AFB, Hawaii—his headquarters. Hester said he has been forthright in telling them about PACAFs military capabilities and about plans for future war games with America’s Pacific allies. He even told his Chinese counterparts who the next participants will be for exercises in the Pacific. Hester told the audience that China is well aware of the Air Force’s heavy bomber presence on Guam and that they were alerted to the movement of fighters the that island last summer. Hoping to gain more insight into the capabilities of China’s People’s Liberation Army air force, Hester volunteered to launch an exchange of US and Chinese fighter squadrons, only to see nervous Pentagon officials nix the idea. It’s not clear whether Beijing would have accepted.