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29-Aug-11 World View -- China expresses 'strong dissatisfaction' with the Pentagon's report

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29-Aug-11 World View -- China expresses 'strong dissatisfaction' with the Pentagon's report

Egypt to deploy troops, armor, helicopters in Sinai

This morning's key headlines from

* China expresses 'strong dissatisfaction' with the Pentagon's report
* Egypt to deploy troops, armor, helicopters in Sinai
* Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi near death
* Arab League proposes Syria peace plan
* Euro bailout plan deteriorates further as 'hysteria' sweeps Germany
* AQIM takes credit for suicide bombing in Algeria on Friday

China expresses 'strong dissatisfaction' with the Pentagon's report

China's disputed territories (U.S. Dept. of Defense)
China's disputed territories (U.S. Dept. of Defense)

China's Ministry of Defense has expressed "strong dissatisfaction" and "firm opposition" to Wednesday's report by the Pentagon on China's military. Spokesman Yang Yujun says that the report "severely distorted the facts." He added:

"China unswervingly adheres to the path of peaceful development, and its national defense policy is defensive in nature.

[China's defense building] is solely to safeguard its own sovereignty and territorial integrity, and ensure smooth economic and social development, and does not target any country.

Given the progress of science and technology, it's normal for the Chinese army to develop and renew some weapons and equipment."

China's Ministry of Defense

The new Pentagon report shows that China is rapidly preparing for all-out war with America over Taiwan. An attack within 12-18 months is a reasonable expectation.

Please see my complete analysis of the Pentagon report:

"New Pentagon report outlines China's military buildup"

Egypt to deploy troops, armor, helicopters in Sinai

Israel's defense minister, Ehud Barak, is reported to have said that Israel and Egypt have agreed that Egypt should deploy thousands of troops in Sinai, along with helicopters and armored vehicles, in even though the 1979 Camp David agreement strictly forbids it. "Sometimes you have to subordinate strategic considerations to tactical needs," said Barak. The agreement comes after a recent terrorist attack in southern Israel that was perpetrated by terrorists passing through Sinai, and the deaths of five Egyptians by Israeli forces in the aftermath of the attack. Economist

The Economist report has generated a great deal of interest throughout the Mideast, and a great deal of controversy in Israel, because it brings Egypt's armed forces close to Israel's border for the first time since the 1970s. When questioned about the report on Sunday, Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed to confirm it by saying that the deployment is "not something that we have to rush into." He added that "Security arrangements must be dealt with, and we must invest more resources in building the barrier on the border with Egypt." Jerusalem Post

Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi near death

Abdel Basset al-Megrahi on Sunday (CNN)
Abdel Basset al-Megrahi on Sunday (CNN)

One hoped-for outcome of the war in Libya was that Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the Libyan found guilty of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, would be returned to Scotland to serve out his jail sentence. However, Libya's rebel government said on Sunday that they will not extradite al-Megrahi to Britain. Then, several hours later, a CNN reporter was allowed by his family to visit al-Megrahi, and found him to be near death. According to his family, they've been unable to get al-Megrahi any medical care since Tripoli fell to the rebels. VOA and CNN

Arab League proposes Syria peace plan

The Arab League on Sunday joined the long line of nations and organizations calling on Syria's president Bashar al-Assad to stop massacring his own people. Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Arabi will visit Syria with "an initiative" to end the violence. But the statement provoked an angry rejection from Syria though, which condemned it as "a clear violation ... of the principles of the Arab League charter and of the foundations of joint Arab action." Telegraph

Euro bailout plan deteriorates further as 'hysteria' sweeps Germany

Klaus Regling, the director of the EU's bailout rescue fund, says that "Hysteria is sweeping Germany," as opposition in penny-pinching Germany grows to bailing out the profligate "olive zone" nations in the south. Chancellor Angela Merkel no longer has enough votes in the Bundestag (Parliament) to guarantee backing of the euro bailout plan. Christian Wulff, Germany's president, stunned the country last week by accusing the European Central Bank of going "far beyond its mandate" with mass purchases of Spanish and Italian debt, and warning that the Europe's headlong rush towards fiscal union stikes at the "very core" of democracy. There may be a major crisis as early as next week, when Germany's Verfassungsgericht (constitutional court) rules on the legality of the EU's bailout package. A negative ruling would set off an instant brushfire across the euro zone. Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

AQIM takes credit for suicide bombing in Algeria on Friday

The group Al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility in a statement Sunday for the double suicide bombing that killed 18 people two days earlier at the Military Academy of Cherchell in Algeria. AQIM is also thought to be linked to the terrorist group Boko Hara that took credit for the bombing Friday of the United Nations building in Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria. Ennahar (Algiers)

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