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By Mark Y.D. Wang

In June 1998, U.S. vp Al Gore and the nationwide Partnership for Reinventing executive provided a workforce of U.S. military logisticians and RAND analysts the Hammer Award in acceptance of an excellent accomplishment: streamlining military logistics. for many years, the functionality of military logistics fell steadily in the back of top advertisement practices. military mechanics might wait on typical a month for spare elements from far away offer depots in an effort to fix a down weapon method. this present day a high-velocity, streamlined military offer strategy promises spare components in part the time it took to convey them simply three years prior. in reality, nowadays it acutally takes much less time to get a spare half from a military offer depot than from a advertisement seller.

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15 When Ambassador Huang sent word on 12 December that he needed to see Kissinger again urgently, which was the first time the Chinese had solicited a meeting, it seemed a fateful moment: “We assumed that only a matter of gravity could induce them into such a departure. 17 The two men discussed the possibility of a Soviet response to any Chinese action, and Nixon took the dramatic decision that in those circumstances the United States would provide China with military backing. He had already ordered an aircraft carrier task-force to head as far as the Straits of Malacca.

6 Anyone tempted to downplay all the rumours that emanate from this unusual relationship risks missing developments of transformative importance. This book is the culmination of six years of traveling between the different countries that are its main focus—China, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, and the United States—confirming and disconfirming claims, testing out hypotheses, and assessing the reliability of various sources against real-world events. While it doesn’t seek to provide a comprehensive history or anatomy of the relationship, I hope it will help to provide a starting point for thinking through the most important issues at stake.

The legendary secret operation that brought Henry Kissinger to China on a PIA jet plane, while the world believed him to be recuperating from a stomach ache at a Pakistani hill station, had been orchestrated that July. Nixon’s own breakthrough visit to China was supposed to take place in a few months’ time. Neither man wanted their treatment of Pakistan to damage Chinese perceptions of US reliability. ”7 Even more importantly, with India supporting the Bengali rebels, and the Soviet Union backing India, Beijing and Washington needed to ensure that Pakistan was not fatally weakened by such a constellation of forces.

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