China’s head-spinning white paper

By Dennis J Blasko

Railway police officers take part in a drill in the snow on March 5, 2018 in Beitun, China. It was 15 below zero degrees Celsius.

Readers of the white paper China’s National Defence in the New Era can be forgiven for their headaches as they move from one conflicting statement to another in Beijing’s latest effort to help “the international community better understand China’s national defence”. This best of times/worst of times approach illustrates the difference between China’s own perspective of its environment and actions and how much of the world interprets the same conditions and events.

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