March 5th, 2008

Further to yesterday’s little rant and some discussion it sparked: check out this piece. I’m not commenting in any way, just referring you to it, and quoting this little bit I found interesting:

One big theme in this Pentagon report is a continuing “large” increase in Chinese military spending. Large “compared with what?” is the obvious question here — compared with U.S. spending and capability? (Explicitly not the subject of the study, “a Defense official” said.) Compared with their GDP? Compared with their limited previous levels? Compared with what it would take to invade Taiwan? With the concerns, interests, and capabilities of Russia — or Japan? And so on.

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