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Sinica: The most harmonious general plus Li Gang and more

An omnibus installment of Sinica this week as guest host Jeremy Goldkorn, Gady Epstein, David Moser and I dig into virtually every significant (by which I mean, “entertaining”) bit of China news from the last week, including the “Li Gang … Continue reading

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We all live in (fear of) a yellow submarine

Imagethief’s undergraduate degree is marine biology. This is, as most people know, the usual pathway to a career in PR. It works something like this: Become interested in fish Pass organic chemistry Get a marine biology degree Find out how … Continue reading

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PowerPoint rangers and dumb-dumb bullets

It’s a few days old, but I loved this New York Times article about about the problems arising from the use of PowerPoint in military briefing in Afghanistan: “PowerPoint makes us stupid,” Gen. James N. Mattis of the Marine Corps, … Continue reading

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General retreat!

Well, that didn’t take long. A couple of days ago foreign media reported on a book by PLA Senior Colonel Liu Mingfu calling for China to seek global military supremacy. Today, the China Daily carries a follow-up titled, “China’s military … Continue reading

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General alarm!

Another day, another soldier shooting his mouth off (metaphorically). Or, more accurately, publishing a book calling for China to work toward military primacy. From Reuters: China should build the world’s strongest military and move swiftly to topple the United States … Continue reading

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How not to alarm people, lesson one: Don’t mention the nukes

Continuing a streak of poorly-timed Chinese public statements, a Chinese general has discussed the situations under which China would use nuclear weapons against the United States before an audience of foreign journalists. I have to imagine this wasn’t in his … Continue reading

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Why Chi Haotian’s sinister “take over America” plot will come to naught

I actually wrote this as a reply to a comment from Martyn, but in a show of self-contratulatory narcissism, I’ve elevated it to a post. Martyn pointed me at the conspiratorial “Take Over America” speech allegedly made by Chinese Defence Minister, Chi … Continue reading

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