Here is a sampling of responses by readers to the Nov. 17 and 18
articles, "Chinese build a high-tech army within an army" and "US
more cautious than wary as China's reach grows":
It is totally unreasonable to expect any country to live under
someone else's gun if they can avoid doing so. No country with the
wealth and technological capability to arm itself would ever refrain
from doing so. China is no exception. The point is how to avoid
nations going to war. That requires statesmanship.
In the case of Taiwan, the US should draw a line between
protecting Taiwan's democracy and promoting its independence. The US
should protect Taiwan militarily against unprovoked attack and also
reject its independence movement diplomatically. Taipei's moves
toward independence should be firmly, but peaceably, rebuffed. This
would significantly lower tensions.Wai L. Chui, Dallas
Where would we be without China? If China had not accelerated its
economic reforms in the 1990s, then many more US companies wouldn't
have survived. In the US, people moan about Chinese imports, but all
want a piece of the Chinese market.
China isn't interested in growth by war. China, unlike the West,
has always looked toward long-term plans and stability, even if
there is a short-term price to pay. Why on earth would China
jeopardize its economic growth by attacking anyone with its
increased military capability?
The Taiwan issue is a no-brainer. Taiwan is strongly economically
tied to China, so military provocation from either side is
As for the US, it can't fight history. The country can't remain
the sole superpower forever. America has squandered much of its
political capital in the past decade, as its frequent military
interventions around the world have not been appreciated. And the
Iraq war is the straw that broke America's back as far as favorable
world opinion is concerned. Alexis P. Gerratt, Brussels
China's modernizing and expanding military could be used both
positively and negatively. China could just be constructing a great-
power military that is primarily used for defense.
This move could be comparable to similar actions of the US and
the Soviet Union because both expanded their militaries
significantly during the cold war, but neither one ever came into
conflict with the other.
Positive activities of China's military could include
participation in UN-backed peacekeeping missions. A negative
activity of the military is of course aggression.
It is no secret that many believe there is an imminent military
threat posed by a growing China. China could decide to carry out
aggression against its neighbors if it feels its security and
sovereignty are being threatened. But would China actually make its
military an instrument to be used negatively at the expense of its
booming economy? A rational actor would say no.
Then again, China is a Communist nation with deep interests in
its own sovereignty and security.
China will likely pursue any course of action necessary to
fulfill its foreign policy objectives - and if the objective is to
protect its sovereignty and security,
Chinese military aggression is not unthinkable.Peter Fanning,
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