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- Why does every Al Jazeera article about China- or at least those connected in some way or another with ‘security’ (be it “public security” or “defence” or whatever)- have to accompanied by a photo of People’s Armed Police in or near Tiananmen Square? Serious question. I mean, what message are they trying to subtly insinuate into our consciousness of China?
- Take a look at the little box divvying up countries’ defence expenditure as a percentage of total global defence spending (figures attributed to Stockholm International Peace Research Institute). America wins with a whopping 47.77%, UK comes a very, very, very distant second with 4.83%, France third with 4.61%, then 4.2% followed by China on 4.1%. Of course, these figures are not presented in numerical order, and there could be other countries that should be inserted in the gaps, but still: Do you see why I don’t take any American complaints about China’s defence spending even remotely seriously? Do you see why such complaints send my hypocrisy detector way off the scale and into rehab?