Two new reports on Chinese military officials and the tough way they talk now
Two articles on Chinese militarism today, first from the Financial Times' Kathrin Hille, who looks at moves and statements made by Xi Jinping since the 18th Communist Party Congress in November as well as views held by serving and retired military figures:
The hawks are delighted. Rear Admiral Yang Yi, a retired navy official, argued at a recent conference that China should use its military modernisation to scare smaller neighbours into submission. “We should tell people how many aircraft carriers we’re going to build. That will put the great powers at ease and crush the small countries’ hopes [that they could provoke us],” he said.
And in the Sydney Morning Herald, John Garnaut brings us an interview with Liu Mingfu, a senior colonel with the National Defence University that Garnaut says "has raised the spectre of nuclear weapons and warned Australia not to side with the United States and Japan as a territorial dispute in the East China Sea continues to escalate."
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US News and World Report
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Voice of America
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New York Times
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Sydney Morning Herald
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