China gets more involved internationally, dipping toes into the Middle East

I’ve written at length about the growing military power in China, and our increasingly cold war we’re entering with them. (See posts here.)

I would like to see us avoid this costly cold war, as I explain in my typical Marine style in this post: America: Wake up, you bunch of stupid morons.

Not that I expect that to happen, but in the latest news on China’s military capacity and influence, look no further than this article in The New York Times from two weeks ago.

As it explains, China’s President Xi Jinping met with Mahmoud Abbas, the leader of the Palestinian Authority, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel.

I remember ten years ago when I exited the Marine Corps and entered college arguing with a friend about China. And I told him, “We will see the day when Chinese ground troops deploy to the Middle East, and they almost certainly won’t be deploying to support American efforts.”

It’s still a long ways from happening — China’s Navy is still woefully inadequate — but I’m more convinced this will happen than ever.

Here’s a key quote from the article:

“As China’s economy, national strength, and international status grow, Arab countries are looking more to China,” said Guo Xiangang, a vice president of the China Institute of International Studies in Beijing who follows China’s relations with Middle Eastern nations. “The expectations they place on China are growing.”

Here’s the link to the  article: China Dips a Toe Into Middle East Peace.

Hope you enjoy the article, and I’d love to here your thoughts. Will we see the day when Chinese troops deploy to the Middle East? And if so, in what size element? Battalion strength? Brigade? Or, even division size?

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.


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