Thursday, December 06, 2012

There's a chance peace may come

I was struck by the juxtaposition of two headlines on the South China Morning Post website this morning.  One says

The new Communist Party general secretary, Xi Jinping, assured foreign experts in Beijing yesterday that China was not seeking hegemony and would continue to open up to the world.
Immediately below it, the next story is:

Xi calls on P.L.A. to get combat ready

The People's Liberation Army Air Force finished a large-scale, 12-day military drill in the Gobi Desert on Friday that chimed with new Central Military Commission (CMC) chief Xi Jinping's emphasis...

Ready for what?  An alarming outbreak of peace?

1 comment:

ulaca said...

Makes perfect sense. Force will be used against anyone who doubts the veracity of their 500-year-old maps showing they own various oil-rich islets, while internal bickering will forever prevent China accepting, or usurping, the role of global policeman.