In a long article on the 60th anniversary of the PRC, the Washington Post said:
Chas W. Freeman Jr., a veteran diplomat, China expert and former senior Pentagon official, said he did not see a threat to the United States and noted that Chinese military spending is still a fraction of U.S. military spending. Indeed, the Reuters news agency reported Wednesday that two unnamed sources close to the People's Liberation Army said China would reduce its 2.3 million-member army by 700,000, though increases in the air force and navy would offset part of that.Note how it describes Freeman, who was the object of a intense debate earlier this year over his thinking on Israel after President Obama nominated him for the NIC. The knee-jerk reaction to his appointment from the AIPAC noise machine on the right and its opponents on the left completely overshadowed what should have been the real topic of discussion, Freeman's business links to China (once again proving that the most important territory Israel occupies is American foreign policy debates), and beyond that, the business links with China so common in our foreign policy class. The WaPo presentation is a perfect example -- Freeman is represented as an expert and former diplomat, not as someone who sat on the Board of a PRC State-owned oil company, who also has other, prior business links, and whose son does business with China. Sad.
Freeman said the only weapons China has deployed against the United States -- cyberwarfare tools -- were not on display Thursday. "They have no intention of fighting a war in the United States, but we have done a lot of planning about fighting them on their territory," he said. "Their answer has been cyberwarfare."
Freeman did say that Chinese military advances have affected Taiwan. "The Chinese now do have the ability to punish Taiwan so severely that even if the United States intervenes, Taiwan can't win in any sense," he said, adding that the development "has basically brought Taiwan to heel."
- The Taipei Times observed today that the Judicial Yuan was mulling limiting detention to 15 months. It's the common pattern in the Chen case -- changing the law after Chen has been punished by it.
- Johnny Neihu nails it: the PRC is like "a bunch of North Koreans made good."
- FP asks whether China has Taiwan in a Strait Jacket.
- Gary Pisano, one of world's most important business researchers, says in Harvard Business Review that the US is outsourcing its competitive edge. No shit, really? On tap for later today: Harvard Business Review announces discovery of flint knapping, fire.
- Quake rocks Taiwan this morning -- woke me up.
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