Monday, January 17, 2011

Gates: No Doubt President Hu Controls Chinese Military

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he has no doubt that Chinese President Hu Jintao is in charge of the military, despite what he calls a “disconnect” between China's military and civilian leadership.
Speaking to students in Tokyo Friday, Gates said there are clear indications Chinese leaders were unaware that the military tested a new combat jet this week able to avoid radar detection. But he said Chinese President Hu Jintao is in command of his country's military.
Gates described China's militarymodernization program as “opaque” and a concern to its neighbors.
He said this is precisely the reason the United States needs a heathy dialogue with Beijing.


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