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At least half of its warplanes are not operational, and its navy faces "block obsolescence" as aging warships head for scrap yards. China is not building an invasion fleet capable of crossing the Taiwan Strait in a replay of the 1944 Normandy landing. " Instead, China is buying its military credibility by upgrading a portion of its armed forces for short-duration, high-tech warfare near its own shores. Central to China's emerging military strategy are contingency plans aimed at bringing Taiwan quickly to its knees with a barrage of missiles— new and more accurate ballistic missiles and cruise missiles—that could enforce a blockade, trigger a political crisis, and cavise a civilian exodus that would paralyze Taiwan's economy.
S. Air Force's premier interceptor. Taiwanese pilots have also been training at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona on the real thing. ) The buildup has been supplemented by European sales: diesel attack submarines from die Netherlands, and sixty Mirage 2000 fighter-bombers as well as Lafayette class destroyers from France. 1 From 1996 to 1999, the commander in chief of American forces in the Pacific, Admiral Joseph W. Prueher, undertook at his headquarters at Camp H. M. S. Seventh Fleet twice sent warships into die Taiwan Strait to prevent a mainland invasion.
At the age of fifty-six, Lake had returned to Washington with the new Clinton administration bearing the quiet but nonetheless triumphal aura of a man whose adherence to principle was getting its reward. Lake had been among the small group of aides to Henry Kissinger who were disillusioned by their realization, in May 1970, that the Nixon-Kissinger approach to ending die war in Vietnam would be to escalate and expand it into Cambodia. ' Whereas Kissinger relied on the "unsentimental" approach of balancing the power of potential adversaries to improve American security, Lake believed in a foreign policy based on power and morality.
A Great Wall: Six Presidents and China by Patrick Tyler