Does the White House See the Same China DOD Does?
The Department of Defense (DOD) finally released its 2011 report on Chinese military and security developments, the “Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China.” The report, which is several months late, details the latest developments in the Chinese security situation, including the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The 2011 report provides little support for the Obama Administration’s reluctance to challenge China’s rise, as it enumerates the various ways the PLA’s improvements continue unabated. Indeed, the Chinese military “has closed important technological gaps and achieved some capabilities that are on par with or exceed global standards.” Congress and the White House should take notice of this report before they slash the DOD budget. The U.S. cannot afford to ignore a rising China that threatens its neighbors.