In his Senate confirmation hearing, Secretary of State Colin Powell explained that China is neither a strategic partner nor an implacable foe. But he did not clarify what the Bush Administration thinks China is. This leaves a vacuum to be filled by events like China’s denial that its technicians upgraded Iraq’s air defense system and the recent Washington visit of China’s vice premier, Qian Qichen.
PacNet #12 – Running Out of Time
March 23, 2001