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Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Bush administration remains divided on the military threat posed by China's rise The Quadrennial Defense Review report made public last week bluntly states that China is the greatest potential challenge to the U.S. military and is rapidly building up its military.
John Negroponte, the director of national intelligence, by contrast, stated in an annual intelligence threat briefing for Congress that China's rise is similar to that of democratic India. He left out any reference to the threat to Asia or the United States posed by the military buildup. . .
How to deal with China, a communist dictatorship that has reformed economically but not politically, is the subject of a vigorous policy debate inside government.
Some officials -- who dominate the State Department and the intelligence agencies -- consider China a nonthreatening state that will evolve into a benign power through trade and other global economic interaction.
Other officials, however, view China as a growing potential danger, engaged in strategic deception to mask hidden goals and objectives.
I for one hope that China will develop into a benign state. However, I am absolutely opposed to letting our guard down. This is a regime that does not treat its own people with proper respect -- and the only reason, I fear, that tyrants of Beijing don't treat other countries the same way they treat their own citizens is because they lack the power to do so. This article even points out that "Beijing is investing heavily in military force, 'particularly in its strategic arsenal and capabilities designed to improve its ability to project power beyond its borders.'" _____________________________________________
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