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China Pouring Money into Fixing Its Military
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  • PKCasimir

    Money can’t fix institutions.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    They would do better to read Victor Davis Hanson’s “Carnage and Culture” and how the western culture of freedom and democracy made them the hard fighting peoples that they are today. Throwing money at a problem goes only so far when the slave army you have fighting for you has no belly for the fight. Most of the world has watched with amazement as America’s all volunteer military has smashed conventional armies in the middle-east with almost no casualties. And the extreme flexibility it then took to go on and fight unconventional wars with great success and few casualties. I think the Chinese now think that was all about military equipment, and force structure, rather than what it really was, which was troops raised in a western culture.
    When we last fought the Chinese during the Korean war, the Chinese lost huge numbers of men and still only got a stalemate despite putting in 1.35 million troops against America’s 325k. It’s still classified how many troops the Chinese lost, probably because it’s an embarrassingly large number like 500k including large numbers from disease, cold, and no medical treatment.

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