BEIJING STUDIES THE U.S. WAR IN IRAQ

Publication: China Brief Volume: 3 Issue: 7

By Willy Lam

Chinese strategic and military experts are scrutinizing the U.S. war in Iraq, and for several reasons. First, if American and British forces become bogged down in their effort to liquidate the regime of Saddam Hussein, then it is much less likely that Washington will soon target other rogue regimes with weapons of mass destruction, such as North Korea, a Chinese ally.

Of more importance, as was the case during the 1991 Gulf War, officers of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) are meticulously analyzing the deployment of the latest American weaponry. The intriguing turn that the campaign of the Allied Forces in Iraqi has taken will have a major impact on Chinese military thinking in at least ten ways.

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