China’s car­rier craze

The Washington Times Weekly - - Geopolitics -

On July 11, Gen. Chen Bingde, chief of the Chinese army’s gen­eral staff, told a joint news con­fer­ence in Bei­jing with his vis­it­ing U.S. coun­ter­part, Adm. Mike Mullen, that the United States con­ducted “in­ap­pro­pri­ate” naval ex­er­cises in the South China Sea with the Philip­pines and Viet­nam at a time when China was hav­ing trou­ble with those na­tions.

The cur­rent ten­sion in the South China Sea, cou­pled with height­ened, al­beit ha­bit­ual, alle-

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