Monday, January 22, 2007

A lack of seriousness in US-PRC relations continues

U.S. Tries to Interpret China’s Silence Over Test - New York Times:
"It was more than a week before the intelligence leaked out: a Chinese missile had been launched and an aging weather satellite in its path, more than 500 miles above the earth, had been reduced to rubble. But protests filed by the United States, Japan, Canada and Australia, among others, were met with silence — and quizzical looks from officials in The Chinese Foreign Ministry, who seemed to be caught unaware."

Read the whole NYTimes story. What a lot of rot from this administration! Rhe idea that someone would dare to conduct an anti-satellite test launch without approval from the hightest levels of the government is absurd. The Peoples Repuvlic of China is not the sort of place where a guy exceeds his authority and gets pensioned off to write his memoirs. No, he gets a bullet for his trouble,.

Now, it is entirely possible that the foreign ministry flacks were kept in the dark so that they could engage in a little plausible deniability, especially in the event the test failed.

The case for ignorance at the top weakens further when one considers that anti-sattelite warfare is among the topics discusssed in Unrestricted Warfare by Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui, two senior colonels in the air arm of the Peoples Liberation Army.

I close with a very scary thought. Suppose that anti-satellite launch was unauthorized, what would that say to us about the stability of the Red Chinese regime?


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