08 September 2010

Galrahn, Information Dissemination, on Global Times ASBM Article

Galrahn, Clarity vs Ambiguity,” Information Dissemination, 8 September 2010.

I am sure everyone caught the editorial in the Global Times yesterday. If not, you can read it here. Andrew Erickson offers background on the source.

Global Times (环球时报, Huanqiu Shibao) is a Chinese newspaper published on weekdays that focuses on international issues and foreign reaction to developments in China. While not itself official, it is sponsored by and produced under the auspices of People’s Daily (人民日报, Renmin Ribao), the official daily newspaper of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.

I want to note the clarity being expressed in the editorial itself….

China speaks with clarity regarding weapon systems specifically designed, after considerable state investment, to attack US weapon systems like aircraft carriers and only US systems like aircraft carriers. We can’t even mention China as a potential competitor in our own national security strategy. If ambiguity is potentially a cause for a miscalculation, then why does US policy towards China actively contribute to the ambiguity? …

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