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China’s Faltering Security Forces

March 24th, 2008

In the comment section on a recent post, I suggested that events in Tibet revealed an amount of ineptitude among Chinese leadership.

I suspect that patience has been confused with indecisivenesses. When Beijing made its move, it made its move all right. There is nothing subtle about military force.

The New York Times ran a piece that is worth a look.

The absence of police officers emboldened the Tibetan crowds, which terrorized Chinese residents, toppled fire trucks and hurled stones into Chinese-owned shops. In turn, escalating violence touched off a sweeping crackdown and provided fodder for a propaganda-fueled nationalist backlash against Tibetans across the rest of China that is still under way.

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