Monday, April 02, 2012
Chinese Insider Offers Rare Glimpse of U.S.-China Frictions - NYTimes.com
... In a joint conclusion, the authors say the level of strategic distrust between the two countries has become so corrosive that if not corrected the countries risk becoming open antagonists.
The United States is no longer seen as “that awesome, nor is it trustworthy, and its example to the world and admonitions to China should therefore be much discounted,” Mr. Wang writes of the general view of China’s leadership.
In contrast, China has mounting self-confidence in its own economic and military strides, particularly the closing power gap since the start of the Iraq war. In 2003, he argues, America’s gross domestic product was eight times as large as China’s, but today it is less than three times larger....
-bth: worth reading in full. Two comments. First why now? Well this is released just at the time there are rumors of a military/political coup within China. Second, it should be noted that China has no real allies besides Iran, Albania and similar pariahs. The US on the other hand has Japan, Australia and probably Russia and India if one considers China as the adversary. Just saying. The middle kingdom doesn't make friends easily.