Welcome to Episode 47 of the third series of The Weekly Defence Podcast. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and more.
A welcome but belated US response to the ‘China threat’
Who remembers the days of Barack Obama’s presidency, when the watchword was engagement with China? At that time, military leaders could not say anything that diverged from the official – or State Department – line, about mounting concern surrounding the inexorable growth of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
Oh, how things have changed!
At that time, Obama was welcoming the PLA to join biennial RIMPAC exercises in Hawaii, and gullibly accepting Chairman Xi Jinping’s promise that the then under-construction Spratly Island reefs would not be militarised.
How foolish and short-sighted were those days of appeasement.
Even when the PLA …
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