As U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrives in the PRC, all manner of speculation is focusing on a “stealth jet fighter” currently in Chengdu, Sichuan province, as described in this Wall Street Journal story. (Hat tip to Robert Lopez at Sichuan University.) Not to be outdone by the Air Force, the army headquarters in Chengdu decided to run some major combat drills over the weekend … Continue reading Terrifying Chengdu?
Bill Gertz, the classic “dragon-slayer” reporter for the Washington Times, has made a successful career out of emphasizing Chinese defensive buildups since the early 1990s. Gertz has a big audience and, as an individual, has more influence over how China appears on, say CNN and FOX News than your average reporter. Because his stuff tends to be sensational, he’s far, far more explosive with his … Continue reading Let’s Whip Us Up a Mob: No One Reads the Original Source
This thread on the Huanqiu Shibao/Global Times BBS, was started this past June and continues to rack up interesting comments responding to unspecified reports from the U.S. (or just representing presumed American thinking) about the “Nine Big Reasons China Could Not Send Troops to North Korea.” With more than 120,000 views, it is far and away the most widely read of the current threads on … Continue reading Netizens Debate Prospect of PLA Invasion of North Korea
Xinhua just released this photo of Defense Minister Liang Guanglie (梁光烈) surrounding Kim Jong Il with PLA generals in Pyongyang. Suffice it to say, we have the appearance of a power imbalance. What would Kim Il Song say? Continue reading Shades of Peng Dehuai: PLA in Pyongyang
This morning the American HLN channel, an affiliate of CNN, reported on Chinese espionage conducted against the United States, particularly in the area of cyber-warfare. This report, while not yet online, indicates a slow build in similar reports, including this summer’s allegations in Los Angeles of a Chinese-born Boeing engineer for passing some 300,000 sensitive aerospace documents to the Chinese government. Chinese media has been … Continue reading Notes on Chinese Espionage and Military Power