When the US announced its decision last week to help Taiwan upgrade
its fleet of ageing fighter aircraft, the response was swift and sharp.
China should take “smart and devious revenge”, advised Major General
Luo Yuan, deputy secretary-general of the academy of military sciences.
He went on to demand “a tooth for a tooth from those who violate China’s
interests”, suggesting his country learn from Russia and deploy missiles against America.
the military now driving China’s foreign policy?” asked Iskander
Rehman, an Indian security analyst, in an article this year. The answer
is yes and no. But the balance may still shift, with substantial
implications for the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.