TRANS­PAR­ENT TRANS­PARENCY

The Washington Times Weekly - - Geopolitics -

China’s spec­tac­u­lar mil­i­tary mod­ern­iza­tion has moved at a dizzy­ing pace in the last two decades, and one con­stant de­mand from the United States is for the Chi­nese mil­i­tary to in­crease “trans­parency” and dis­close its strate­gic in­ten­tions and de­fense goals.

The de­mand for greater open­ness seems ut­terly baf­fling to more than 80 per­cent of the Chi­nese peo­ple who re­sponded pos­i­tively to this on­line polling ques­tion: “Do you think China should seek to be­come the world’s No. 1 and dom­i­nant mil­i­tary power?”

The poll, con­ducted by the of­fi­cial Com­mu­nist Party news­pa­per Global Times, was done in re­sponse to a 2010 book called “A Chi­nese Dream: BigPower Think­ing and Strate­gic Po­si­tion­ing in a Post-Amer­i­can Era.” Its au­thor, Se­nior Col. Liu Mingfu, di­rec­tor of the Re­search In­sti­tute of Mil­i­tary De­vel­op­ment at the Chi­nese Na­tional De­fense Univer­sity, des­ig­nates, as trans­par­ently as he could, the United States as China’s main en­emy, and calls for a di­rect con­fronta­tion with the United States glob­ally and mil­i­tar­ily be­cause “the world is too important to be left in the hands of the United States.” He also as­serts that “China must

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