12 April 2013

March: China’s Month of Mistakes

Gabe Collins and Andrew Erickson, March: China’s Month of Mistakes,” China Real Time Report (中国实时报), Wall Street Journal, 12 April 2013.

March was a tough month for China’s foreign policymakers, with four high-profile foreign policy fumbles, two of which significantly helped to raise the risk of tension and crisis in East Asia. While all but one of these incidents apparently stemmed from deliberate actions approved by Chinese decision-makers at some level, and hence do not constitute errors in execution per se, the negative repercussions they engender may ultimately come back to harm China’s own interests. …