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Every year, a large gathering of specialists on the Chinese military meet at a leafy resort in the Maryland or Virginia countryside to debate the future intentions of China's Communist Party leaders as well as the capabilities of the military forces on the mainland and on Taiwan. These specialists come from the CIA and the Defense Intelligence Agency; from think tanks and from academia. They include John Culver, the CIAs leading expert on the PLA; Prologue: The Risk of War... Michael Swaine of the RAND Corporation; Paul Godwin of die National Defense University; Michael Pillsbury of the Office of Net Assessment at die Pentagon; James R.
I T APPEARS AS AN T h e whole of Taiwan lies 245 miles along its nordi-south axis and is crossed by the Tropic of Cancer in the south. Girding the circumference of the central massif is a sloping arable plain created by an eternity of rainfall whose torrents transported sand and soil in cascades down from the watershed. The plain is broader on the western side of the island than on the east, where the deep blue of the Pacific sucks the light from the sky with a vacuum of unquenchable depth. On the western side, the shallow waters glow aquamarine.
Although the campaign turned on domestic affairs, Clinton's advisers believed that they had to oppose Bush across the full spectrum of issues. During the campaign, Lake helped draft the Clinton slogans accusing Bush of "coddling tyrants" from Baghdad to Beijing. "6 In Kissinger's equation, the massacres at Tiananmen were an unfortunate tragedy that could not be allowed to interfere with the larger balance of power. But for Lake, China's leaders were discredited by their slaughter of unarmed civilians at Tiananmen.