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By John R. Bolton
The president fiddles at his domestic altar while the world burns
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Liu Mingfu
China's spectacular military modernization has moved at a dizzying pace in the last two decades, and one constant demand from the United States is for the Chinese military to increase "transparency" and disclose its strategic intentions and defense goals.
China's military is unique in many ways, but one of its most bizarre features is this demographic: More than 80 percent of current combat troops were born to one-child families, according to a study by Senior Col. Liu Mingfu of China's National Defense University.
Although Col. Liu announced at the time of the book's publication that views expressed in the book were his own, he immediately followed that by stating his were the "prevailing views within quite a portion of China's military and political establishments."
He also asserts that "China must save itself and save the world" and concludes, "Thus China must be ready to become the world's helmsman."