Showing posts tagged as "people's liberation army"

Showing posts tagged people's liberation army

15 Aug
'Sea grab' sparks tensions in South China Sea  |  Stars and Stripes
By Wyatt Olson
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Many people look at China and see a unified behemoth tightly controlled by the communist central leadership, so when a diplomatic fray develops, like a rash of recent confrontations in the South China Sea, the assumption is that it’s all part of a grand plan by Beijing.
But some analysts see the bureaucracy as more akin to a giant octopus, with the teeming tentacles of ministries and provinces setting their own agendas as they compete for clout and profits — as long as they maintain loyalty to the Communist Party. The philosophy, particularly among southern provinces, is the ancient adage, “Heaven is high and the emperor far away.”
FULL ARTICLE (Stars and Stripes)
Photo: Official U.S. Navy Imagery/Flickr

'Sea grab' sparks tensions in South China Sea  |  Stars and Stripes

By Wyatt Olson

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Many people look at China and see a unified behemoth tightly controlled by the communist central leadership, so when a diplomatic fray develops, like a rash of recent confrontations in the South China Sea, the assumption is that it’s all part of a grand plan by Beijing.

But some analysts see the bureaucracy as more akin to a giant octopus, with the teeming tentacles of ministries and provinces setting their own agendas as they compete for clout and profits — as long as they maintain loyalty to the Communist Party. The philosophy, particularly among southern provinces, is the ancient adage, “Heaven is high and the emperor far away.”

FULL ARTICLE (Stars and Stripes)

Photo: Official U.S. Navy Imagery/Flickr

16 May
Financial Times | Dragons are stirring up the South China Sea
By David Pilling
"Too many dragons, too much noise.” That is how one Chinese scholar explained constant friction in the South China Sea, where Beijing’s territorial claims are rubbing up against competing claims from several south-east Asian nations.
FULL ARTICLE (FT)
Photo: US Navy/Wikimedia Commons

Financial Times | Dragons are stirring up the South China Sea

By David Pilling

"Too many dragons, too much noise.” That is how one Chinese scholar explained constant friction in the South China Sea, where Beijing’s territorial claims are rubbing up against competing claims from several south-east Asian nations.

FULL ARTICLE (FT)

Photo: US Navy/Wikimedia Commons