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Monday, February 28, 2005

Red China's threat to world peace

Here's an old but important story from The Standard (Hat tip to You Big Mouth, You, via Chrenkoff) on Red China's land and maritime disputes with "no less than 13 of its neighbours," including Vietnam, Philipines, India, Russian, Indonesia, Japan, and, of course, Taiwan. Reporter John Daly says:

"Given that China's military capability is growing apace with its economy, the potential for military conflict over the disputed regions is similarly on the rise.

While China up to now has attempted to address these issues diplomatically, the fact that many of the unresolved border disputes involve potential energy reserves might prompt China to use military force to resolve issues of strategic economic interest."

The problem, of course, is not just Red China; as Beijing becomes more belligerent, its neighbours must also prepare for potential military conflicts, raising the chances of regional conflict.

There are also other reasons to worry about China's regional ambitions. I wrote an editorial for The Interim last year that noted China needs a large military because of the growing number of marriage-less males, a result of the country's one-child policy. Noting Valerie M. Hudson and Andrea M. den Boer's Bare Branches, I said: "In Asia, high rates of abortion, fuelled by China's one-child policy and India's depopulation schemes, are leading to sex ratios so skewed that China and India may become imperialist nations just to quell the domestic problems that such ratios engender."

Posted by Paul Tuns on February 28, 2005 in Current Affairs | Permalink


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Linda McQuaig, writing in the Toronto Star, sees China in a more positive light, in the sense that the totalitarians from Beijing represent the latest contender for the role of teaching the Americans a good hard lesson, the old antagonists like Joe Stalin and Leo Brezhnev having expired in the pursuit:

"This is about Washington reviving and gaining the upper hand in the arms race, presumably to position itself well for what it sees as its eventual superpower showdown with China.

Washington sees gaining control of space as key to maintaining global military dominance, and missile defence is part of the strategy."


Posted by: Barry Stagg | 2005-02-28 7:21:32 PM

China grows stronger every year. It's beginning to flex its muscles all over Southeast Asia.

In light of this, why does Washington seem to be doing everything possible to alienate Russia? It would be reasonable to assume that both the U.S. and Moscow have an equal stake in all this.

If, for insatnce, the natural resources of Siberia were to fall into China's hands, it would be a disaster for both Russia and America.

Posted by: John Palubiski | 2005-03-01 11:23:44 AM

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