China’s threat to the US is exaggerated

Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland

04/13/09

The Pentagon’s annual publication, ‘Military Power of the People’s Republic of China 2009,’ accused China of stocking its military with weapons that can be used to intimidate or attack Taiwan and mitigate U.S. air and naval superiority near its territory. Even if the Department of Defense’s report has not exaggerated the threat from China — unlikely since the department has an inherent conflict of interest in evaluating threats and building weapons to counter those threats — the report is good news. You would never know it by the statement of Ike Skelton, Democratic Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, who warned that ‘China’s military budget continues a trend of double-digit increases and questions remain about China’s strategic intentions.’ Unfortunately, no questions exist about U.S. strategic intentions, even under a new more liberal president...

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