So much for the deluded
businessmen/economists/capitalists/free-marketers/”libertarians” who think that a country that still enshrines Mao is on the path to “freedom” just because the regime has allowed graft and fascistic enterprise in order to “build up the economy.”
The Chinese Dragon is far from dead. Jim Rogers (who ought to have known better! All excited about freedom in China in ****1988!!!****) and suchlike fools take note.
Fairly detailed article, a couple of photos, a “must-read” if it’s correct. (I know nothing about this “Generational Dynamics” business, but there are other sources given in the story.)
From the article, at
WORLD VIEW: CHINA PREPARES THE PEOPLE’S LIBERATION ARMY FOR WAR
by John J. Xenakis 19 Jan 2013
China’s General Staff Headquarters issued a harsh directive on Wednesday to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to prepare for war:
In 2013, the goal set for the entire army and the People’s Armed Police force is to bolster their capabilities to fight and their ability to win a war… to be well-prepared for a war by subjecting the army to hard and rigorous training on an actual combat basis.
Although past directives have directed soldiers to be prepared in case of war, this year’s directive, for the first time, uses the Chinese word “dazhang,” which means “fighting war,” and uses it 10 times in the 1000 word directive.
Last month, China announced plans to board and seize foreign ships in the South China Sea, starting in 2013, and has been conducting naval drills with warships in preparation.
While the official directive does not mention Japan, various commentaries makes clear that Japan is the would-be adversary. VOA, South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), China Military Online (Beijing), and People’s Daily Online / Military (Beijing)
China steps up nationalistic war-like rhetoric
… Dai Xu, a Chinese Air Force Colonel, is arguing for a short, decisive war with one of China’s neighbors–Vietnam, the Philippines, or Japan–in order to establish sovereignty over the Pacific region without risking war with the United States. This is the “kill a chicken to scare the monkeys” philosophy. According to this theory, America will NOT honor its mutual defense agreements with any of these countries, because the U.S. will not want to risk having its cities destroyed by Chinese ballistic missiles.
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And one of the 185 comments to the story:
Agree. The only reason the Chinese might think “Americans will ‘run like rabbits.’” is because of this administration’s recent weak performance in the middle east, and because of the tenuous U.S. (and Western) economy (both WH admins are to blame here).
Whatever one thinks about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is clear to all foreign entities that America shows neither a principled and goal oriented interaction nor a policy engaged from a position of confidence (exerted quietly or visibly).
For example, killing Osama bin Laden (which the current WH is hanging their hat on) was largely symbolic rather than meaningful - a case of too little too late. Hardly a “resounding success” to base a withdrawal upon. Not to say that incompetently prosecuting a war aimed at ObLn and his cabal was any better (in the prior WH).
Instead, America’s foreign strength/ability/stance/goals/principles appear fumbled and jumbled. This emboldens pariahs every time - just check history.