Civil-Military Expo: Mianyang


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I was surprised to see Israel take up so much floor space in the expo (at the entrance) and the only foreign speaker at the event was Israeli, who droned on about how their high-tech industry was partly driven by the need to respond to rockets from Gaza.

It remains unclear what Israel has to do with a convention in northeast Sichuan province, or how it insinuated itself into the event and infiltrated the speakers’ list. I’d be saying the same thing if Saudi Arabia or the Vatican set up a bunch of pop-up displays.

China is a secular country, thankfully, and it confines the infection of religion and tribalism to the private sphere (as opposed to civic), again thankfully. So it was a little disappointing to see China compromise on its principles that way.


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