I’ve written a lot about our growing military tension with China over the past year — just hit “China” under the category label on the right-hand side of the page to see recent entries and get some good background on the subject.
One thing I’ve struggled to get my arms around is how do you have a cold war — or even a war — with a major trading partner, who by the way also holds a bunch of your debt. I mean, how does that work?
A recent study highlighted in The New York Times predicts precisely how this would work. In short, it wouldn’t. Here’s the key point:
The report by the nine researchers, published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said the most likely outcome for the next two decades showed China narrowing the gap with the United States in military abilities, in areas including building aircraft carriers and stealth fighter jets. At the same time, the report, to be released Friday, said China’s economic interdependence with the United States and the rest of Asia would probably prevent it from becoming a full-blown, cold-war-style foe, or from using military force to try to drive the United States from the region.
Read the whole article. It’s worth the look. And for the newer readers, here’s my view on the subject: America: Wake up, you bunch of stupid morons.
Stan R. Mitchell
Oak Ridge, Tenn.
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