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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Planning for the last attack doesn't make Americans safer
Topic - East Asia
, or about 28 percent of the Asian continent, about 15 percent bigger than the area of Europe. - Source: Wikipedia
China's rise has the Obama administration looking as uncertain as the proverbial deer in the headlights. Caught between the unappealing alternatives of embracing or containing China, it largely chooses inaction.
The World Bank announced Wednesday it is prepared to resume assistance to Myanmar after 25 years, saying it is ready to provide $85 million in grants for development while also helping to clear almost $400 million in arrears from old loans.
Chatter from U.S. diplomats in leaked documents paint Chinese officials as difficult and Beijing's foreign policy as abrasive — characterizations that are likely to further harden the Chinese leadership's distrust of Washington.