Sharpening The Dragon’s Claws – Ted Galen Carpenter

From Star Telegram, via Cato Institute website:

The People’s Republic of China continues to send worrisome signals about its security strategy. As the tone of cross-straits relations grows increasingly strident, China’s latest reshuffle and ongoing lack of about its budget are creating new tensions with both the United States and its neighbors in East Asia.

In the lead-up to the opening of the Communists’ 17th National Party Congress last week, President Hu Jintao‘s government promoted at least four senior officers, including Gen. Chen Bingde, the new chief of the army general staff, and Gen. Xu Qiliang, the new head of the air force, whose principal expertise is in planning for war with Taiwan. [Full Text]

Ted Galen Carpenter is vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute.

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