Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Next Big Contender?

(Translation:  "Struggle hard, to build up a strong Navy." 1977)

While American blood and treasure are being poured into pacifying Iraq and Afghanistan, the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is flexing it's maritime muscle in the South China Sea and beyond.

Edward Wong, writes in the New York Times (NYT), on the PLAN's latest activities:

While the PLAN's ships float on disputed seas, the sinking American economy is creating a financial vaccuum.  A vacuum China would like to fill. 

Comrade Karla asks:

How long before we get invited back to Cam Ranh Bay?

Alan Beattie, writes in the Financial Times (FT) about the twilight of 'Pax Americana:"

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