Sino File by Cary Huang
China’s National Day show of military muscle risks backfiring
- The sheer amount of weaponry on display was meant to strengthen nationalism at home, while sending a message to the US and Taiwan
- But in doing so, Beijing has undermined its efforts to improve relations internationally, and could spark an arms race among its regional rivals
Cary Huang is a veteran China affairs columnist, having written on this topic since the early 1990s. He joined the Post in 2004, and was based in Beijing between 2005 and 2013, first as a correspondent and then as bureau chief. He was previously China editor at The Standard from 1992 until 2004.