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U.S. shows that soft power can work in a hard war

November 12, 2008

Soft power is about to come to U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) – America’s military command in the Middle East – in a big way.

Gary Schaub Jr.
The Washington Times

Associated Press U.S. Central Command's Gen. David Petraeus speaks during an interview last week at a U.S. military base in Bagram, north of Kabul, Afghanistan.

Above: Central Command’s Gen. David Petraeus speaks during an interview last week at a U.S. military base.  Photo by the Associated Press

By winning friends and influencing people, the idea goes, the United States can defuse potential conflicts before they start and achieve America’s goals without firing a shot.

Soft power has currency in a cash-strapped U.S. military. The commander of SOUTHCOM, America’s military command for Central and South America, has undertaken many such missions. Adm. James Stavridis has sent Navy hospital ships to countries in that area to provide free medical care, train local doctors and build schools.

The new command in Africa – AFRICOM – has announced that such soft-power missions will be its top priority.

But these are relative backwaters. CENTCOM, where the United States is engaged in two wars and is prepared for others, is where soft power will have its largest impact.

Army Gen. David Petraeus, who is best known as the general behind the successful “surge” strategy in Iraq, has just taken over CENTCOM, and he is bringing soft power to bear.

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China’s First At-Sea Hospital

November 3, 2008

 the world’s first 10,000-ton hospital carrier – Ship 866, designed and built independently by China was formally delivered to the East Sea Fleet of the Chinese Navy. It marks an important breakthrough in maritime emergency equipment manufacturing for China, making the country one of the few in the world that has medical care and emergency rescue capabilities on the high seas while also raising the capability of the Chinese Navy to accomplish diversified military missions.

Ship 866 is the world’s only large professional hospital carrier “tailor made” for maritime medical care and emergency rescue. Hospital carriers of other countries, including the US, the UK and Canada, have all been either refitted or are multi-functional ships.

This large hospital carrier provides maritime early diagnosis and treatment including some of the specialist treatments needed for the injured and ill during battles. In peace time it can carry out maritime medical rescues and training missions, and provide medical services to vessel formations and troops stationed on distant islands. The carrier features high-tech, comprehensive functions and facilities equivalent to level-three class A hospitals.

By People’s Daily