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This is China's anti-U.S. sucker punch strategy.
It's designed to strike America's military suddenly, stunning and stalling the Air Force more than any other service. In a script written by Chinese military officers and defense analysts, a bruised U.S. military, beholden to a sheepish American public, puts up a small fight before slinking off to avoid full-on war.
Source: Dragon's Lair
Originally posted by haidian
C.) They aren't afraid to use their military (Case in point, Tiananmen Square)
i was there in the square that time,and i would say any government would do the same in that situation,otherwise the whole nation would fall anarchy and china would be dragging back to warlords period little less than 100 years ago,
I don't see we are surrounded by enemies. All the neighbouring countries have very good relationship with China, and I traveled to some. They are very friendly to China and Chinese influence there is very strong. You can spend Chinese money there. Some argument doesn't mean we are enemies, just like small frictions by US and Mexico.
posted by Breifne
The Chinese hold authority, family and respect close to their hearts and minds. That is their culture - their ethos and values. Not so different from America? - only the material things seem to get in the way of this and that creates a false society. You know, there are lots of people who hate America because it has little or no values - especially in relation to other countries. Otherwise, it would be a great country. Edit: Ps. how did you become a Writer / Scholar with a statement like that? Brei.
posted by Shere Khaan
The whole Taiwan thing is just a smoke screen anyhow. In the last elections they voted out the party in favour of full independence for the pro China party. Sounds like yet more propaganda being believed if you think Taiwan will be a flash point.
Taiwan. Capital, Taipei.
An island 120 miles east of China. Population, 22,920,946, 2008. land area: 32,260 sq km (12,260 sq mi) includes the Pescadores, Matsu, and Quemoy islands.
Median age: 36 years (US: 36.7 years) Infant mortality: 5.45 deaths
(US total: 6.3 deaths)
Longevity: 77.76 years (US: 78.14 years)
GDP per person $29,800 (2007) (US $46,000 (2007)
unemployment rate 3.9% (2007) (US 4.6% (2007)
Below poverty level 0.95% (2007) (US 12% (2004)
Export partners: China 24%, Hong Kong 15%, US 13.4%, Japan 6.7% (2007)
US Export partners: Canada 22.2%, Mexico 12.9%, Japan 5.8%, China 5.3%, UK 4.4% (2006)
Import partners: Japan 21%, China 12.7%, US 12.2%, South Korea 7.1%, Saudi Arabia 4.6%.
US Imports partners Canada 16%, China 15.9%, Mexico 10.4%, Japan 7.9%, Germany 4.8% (2006) All from the