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I’ve had a great interest in China for at least the last forty years, and the exponential rise of the world’s largest populous nation to enormous international importance during that exact period has hardly diminished my interest.
Almost three years ago, I published China’s Rise, America’s Fall, a major article comparing and contrasting the situation of the world’s two economic superpowers. A year later, I published How Social Darwinism Made Modern China, suggesting the evolutionary factors behind the success of China and the Chinese people.
But a couple of older articles and a handful of columns available in our small webzine’s archives do not constitute adequate ongoing coverage, and various readers have suggested that the biggest of the BRICs deserved more than that.
I agree and we have now brought on board as a regular contributor Peter Lee of China Matters, Asia Times Online, and Counterpunch, an outstanding longtime observer of the Middle Kingdom, who also fluently writes on other foreign policy matters ranging from the Middle East to the Ukraine. A few days ago, we ran his lengthy Feature India v. China: Border Games.
During the nearly ten years since he began blogging at China Matters under the nom de plume “China Hand”, his writings have grown to well over one million words of highly thoughtful analysis, now all at the fingertips of any visitor to The Review.
All too often, our elite MSM deliberately ignores those crucial facts and stories that are too discordant from the official statements and press releases issued by their administration sources, and a knowledgeable individual can effectively fill these gaps. This represents the reason for our webzine’s existence, and Lee’s China writings perfectly fill this bill.
During President Bill Clinton’s military campaign against the Serbian government, one of the most dramatic events was the American bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, resulting in the death and injury of numerous Chinese diplomatic personnel and sparking a major international incident. Although our government immediately claimed that the attack was an entirely accidental byproduct of the “fog of war” and the American public quickly forgot the matter, Chinese public opinion was outraged, resulting in the lasting growth of major anti-American sentiment. Some have even characterized the attack as China’s own 9/11 for its long term consequences.
China’s subsequent military buildup now regularly raises the risk of a confrontation with America in the South China Sea. Her innovative carrier-killer missiles threaten our control of the sea lines and her J-20 stealth fighter has broken our previous monopoly of that crucial military technology. With America having recently launched a new Cold War against President Putin’s Russia due to the Ukraine conflict, the two Eurasian giants have drawn much closer together, potentially constituting a world bloc more powerful than that of America and its European satellite nations.
During the 15 years following our attack on the Chinese embassy, I have scrupulously read my NYT and WSJ every morning, but never once learned the fascinating story presented in Peter Lee’s columns linked below. Perhaps some other readers will be equally surprised at discovering these possible facts, which may someday loom very large in future histories of our era:
- Why China Hates Satellite Guided Munitions, Part I, January 26, 2007
- The Belgrade Bombing, the F-117 Cake, and the Tears of Premier Zhu Rongji, January 31, 2007
- The F117A Swan Song, the Fall of the Belgrade Embassy…and China Rising, April 24, 2008
- Murder in Loudoun…Ten Years After the Bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade, April 12, 2009