Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Appearing Far

The Taiwanese military reports the obvious:

"Despite the easing of tensions across the Strait, China has not reduced its military deployment targeting Taiwan," the defence ministry said in its annual report.

"China has continued its arms build-up to the point that it has tipped the military balance in the Taiwan Strait," the report said, referring to China's inventory of 1,500 ballistic and cruise missiles.


When near, appear far away, as Sun Tzu would put it. Far be it for me to suggest the communists in Peking are familiar with that military strategist.

A smiling man pointing a gun at you is still a man pointing a gun at you.