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  1. They're establishing a baseline claim so that...

    They're establishing a baseline claim so that when they're finally ready, from an equipment and training standpoint, the Party hierarchy and the Chinese public will fall in line re the ruckus that...
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    Until they impound the first Chinese vessel...

    Until they impound the first Chinese vessel fishing illegally in the area, in the face of armed Chinese opposition, these are mere theatrics.
  3. I can't say I know any Saudi personally. But my...

    I can't say I know any Saudi personally. But my impression is that if they held free elections, they'd vote in the current leader of al Qaeda, i.e. the royals are moderate, as Muslims go, whereas the...
  4. Saudi Arabia Under Siege: Is the Kingdom Quietly Crumbling?

    The Houthis claim to have destroyed 3 Saudi National Guard brigades. How credible is this?
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    The far left Cassandras are out in force: ...

    The far left Cassandras are out in force:

    https://www.defensenews.com/smr/hidden-troubles-f35/2019/06/12/when-us-navy-and-marine-f-35-pilots-most-need-performance-the-aircraft-becomes-erratic/...
  6. Thread: Duterte

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    That may be the analyst's delicate way of saying...

    That may be the analyst's delicate way of saying that Duterte is bought and paid for. The principal question is whether he'll stay bought. Beijing could theoretically unmask him. But that woud merely...
  7. From a Rand Corp assessment...

    From a Rand Corp assessment conducted in 2009: The idea here is that the PLA possesses enough SRBM's to knock out Taiwan's air bases for long enough to give the the PLAAF room to mount the air...
  8. Did Chiang Kai-shek play the role of Adolf Hitler during the Chinese Civil War?

    What I'm asking is whether his insistence on taking direct control of key battles, combined with his strategic and tactical incompetence led to catastrophic defeats of the Nationalist forces...
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    What is now India wasn't a *country* at the time,...

    What is now India wasn't a *country* at the time, any more Germany was a *country*. [/QUOTE]My response to this and to Chinese claims of superiority on this basis? This is like a panhandler shaking a...
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    What is now India wasn't a *country* at the time,...

    What is now India wasn't a *country* at the time, any more Germany was a *country*. [/QUOTE]My response to this and to Chinese claims of superiority on this basis? This is like a panhandler shaking a...
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    They're neither zealots nor Nazis. Their...

    They're neither zealots nor Nazis. Their ancestors built a continental-sized empire larger than Nazi Germany, 2000 years ago, at a time when the Teutonic ancestors of modern Germany were running...
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    Just how many people become big names in the...

    Just how many people become big names in the history books by means of "hegemony"? Conquest and annexation are the name of the game, same as it's ever been since the dawn of recorded history, when...
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    I don't understand why you're projecting modern...

    I don't understand why you're projecting modern shrink gobbledygook onto what is, in essence, a proprietary attitude that's been around for thousands of years. In essence, the attitude is that China...
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    You can say that again. Mao's sole surviving...

    You can say that again. Mao's sole surviving non-defective son died in that war. That's the equivalent of Al Gore dying in Vietnam, but a much bigger deal, since Al Gore Sr wasn't an emperor. Plus,...
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    I'm no expert on the war, but I believe...

    I'm no expert on the war, but I believe MacArthur's intel told him that the Chinese weren't going to intervene, and he believed them. After the unpleasantness of the surprise attacks by massed units...
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    John Bolton: "This is not a Chinese province and...

    John Bolton: "This is not a Chinese province and will not be."
    https://thenationalsentinel.com/2018/10/13/bolton-warns-china-over-south-china-sea-confrontations-u-s-navy-can-and-will-respond/
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    It's not about diverting attention from domestic...

    It's not about diverting attention from domestic problems or achieving material gain. It's about etching a more prominent place in the history books, and surpassing Mao and Deng as the pre-eminent...
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    I understand that there's a piece that's joint...

    I understand that there's a piece that's joint and a piece that's all-Russian, to which the Chinese aren't invited, although they'll be hoovering up both sigint and satellite intel. My impression is...
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    Interesting topic that's due for an update. If...

    Interesting topic that's due for an update. If China chose to reverse the "unequal" treaty that ceded Outer Manchuria to Russia, could Russia repel the resulting Chinese invasion?
  20. Russian annexation means they end up right on...

    Russian annexation means they end up right on NATO's border again. We could obviously scrap NATO and let the Euros deal with the Russians by themselves. The problem is this - when one large state...
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