Hanging over Chinese President Hu Jintao’s state visit in Washington this week: Does he control the People's Liberation Army?
Hanging over Chinese President Hu Jintao’s state visit in Washington this week is the question of Mr. Hu’s degree of control of the Chinese military and foreign policy, says Senator Richard Lugar, ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Speaking at a Monitor-sponsored breakfast with reporters on Tuesday, Senator Lugar noted that last week Mr. Hu told US Defense Secretary Gates that he was not informed in advance about the Chinese military’s test of a stealth aircraft during Gates’ visit to China.
Was that statement true? “Perhaps so, perhaps not,” Lugar said. But, he added, the incident “simply leaves the question once again as to who is in charge.”