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China kickstarts Xiangshan Forum in absence of defense minister

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By Yew Lun Tian

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France... why are you so confusing

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a safer world

and then

Li, who has been missing for two months

Oh, the irony!

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Once again showing the world, China does not have what it takes to be a leader.

Russia, which started a war in Ukraine in 2022, is being given center stage at the forum.

President Xi Jinping's vision for a safer world.

Xi's vision seems to be for large nations to invade and conquer smaller neighbors to expand their borders and control more people. Is that a future any nation wants to truly embrace?

China and Russia calling the shots? God help everyone if that should ever come to pass. That is a recipe for all small nations to make WMD for self defense. The world can do much better.

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"military diplomacy". Is that like gunboat diplomacy?

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China and Russia calling the shots? God help everyone if that should ever come to pass. That is a recipe for all small nations to make WMD for self defense. The world can do much better.

Exactly. Any smaller country that is serious about its security and existence would do well by looking into a nuclear deterrent. No country with nukes has ever been conquered.

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"military diplomacy". Is that like gunboat diplomacy?

Both are as old as the nation state. The perception by an enemy that a nation is capable of defending itself from attack and inflicting unacceptable damage to the attacker is usually sufficient to deter attack. And if deterrence is not enough, to quote the famed strategist Carl von Clausewitz:

"We see, therefore, that War is not merely a political act, but also a real political instrument, a continuation of political commerce, a carrying out of the same by other means."*
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