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Friday linkage


Sam Roggeveen


1 October 2010 12:27

  • Further to Fiona Cunningham's piece about computer viruses in Iran's nuclear program, Arms Control Wonk argues the virus is so sophisticated it is very likely to have come from a government. But which one'
  • By contrast, Ares says the virus could be the work of freelancers looking for government contracts.
  • Ghana secures a $3 billion aid package from Beijing (I presume it's US dollars, but the article doesn't say).
  • Anthony Cordesman has released a final review draft of his forthcoming book on Afghan national security forces. (Thanks to Natalie for the link.)
  • Robert Kaplan argues that China is 'quietly incorporating Taiwan into its dominion', leaving Beijing to direct its maritime energies further outward. (Thanks Peter.)
  • Why is China so obdurate lately' Because its highest decision-making body, the Politburo Standing Committee, is split down the middle:

The split between these factions within the Committee has led to deadlock. Until the Committee comes to a decision, Chinese officials do not have a policy to guide engagement with the United States. So they are in a holding pattern that is reflected in their interactions with their U.S. counterparts.