US Flies Bombers Through China’s Defense Zone as Tensions Escalate in Asia
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  • lukelea

    The People’s Liberation Army may have a chip on its shoulder, and Xi is tight with them. An incident with Japan, if it showed China’s forces were not up to snuff, would be a great excuse for a major military build-up. A major military build-up would be a great way to keep the Chinese economy humming, not an easy thing now that everything else has been (over)built out.

    You don’t suppose Chinese leadership could be thinking in these terms? They don’t harbor aspirations to become one of the world’s major military powers, do they?

  • gabrielsyme

    Ultimately, Chinese aggression may serve to aid Western interests in the region by pushing the interests of nations such as Japan and South Korea closer together and promoting joint action. Abe isn’t helping this process, but if anything can promote cooperation among the Western-aligned nations in East Asia, it would be threats from China.

  • Fat_Man

    I hope that this is the beginning of regular air patrols in this area. We should park a carrier in the area and run regular F-18 missions off its decks.

    If we do not assert the freedom of the high seas, we will lose it.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    The Chinese Communist Party is looking to deflect internal interest away from its declining economy. Creating foreign threats is the most common method used by tyrannies to gather popular political support.

    I just read that the Chinese rich are immigrating and taking their money with them, estimates of $500-$687 Billion is already outside Chinese control with more leaving every day. This voting with their feet by China’s wealthiest and most productive citizens, doesn’t speak well of China’s future success.

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