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US continues to soft pedal China

June 4, 2012

As Gabe Collins reports at The Diplomat, the latest Pentagon report on China’s military capabilities is the latest in a recent series of official reports that seems overly deferential to the sensitivities of the Chinese leadership.  In his detailed report, Collins lists 12 specific items missing from the report that make it less valuable than reports issued for other nations and, for China in other years. I agree with Collins’ statement that the US taxpayer deserves a much higher quality of product. I can only hope that there is a classified version of the China Report that pulls no punches.

Fortunately, there are a few other English language sources that can help those of us outside the security community to get a picture of our geopolitical rival.  I recommend Andrew Erickson’s website and, especially, his many books on the topic of China, its military, and its strategic point of view.  I also find that India’s Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses often contains very good intelligence and analysis on China and her goals and activities.

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