10.13.2010

Demographic Shift Creates Issues for Military Relationship

A recent article in The New York Times is worth a read for anyone interested in the complex, and sometimes precarious, relationship between the US and China. Though at the highest levels of government, there may be gamesmanship on things like trade, currency and foreign affairs, there is clear evidence of a mutual respect between China's top diplomats and government officials and their American counterparts.

However, with China's government and military increasingly being staffed by individuals who have grown up in a country which sees America as an obstacle rather than an inspiration or something to strive for, attitudes seem to be shifting. How this will play out is anyone's guess, but the article's author Michael Wines has some thoughts. Unfortunately his suggested solution of greater international exposure for young Chinese officers seems a tenuous one, but perhaps it is a start.

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