World: The Military Balance

The two forces engaged on the rugged, inhospitable terrain of northern Viet Nam were the object of intense scrutiny by military analysts last week. In Washington, a task force raised from the U.S. intelligence community began meeting within hours of the Chinese invasion, evaluating what data could be obtained from military communiques and by satellite observation of the battle scene. In Moscow, strategists were equally attentive to the broader implications of the war. How well the People's Liberation Army does in its first real combat test since the Korean War nearly 30 years ago could provide clues to its capability against...

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