“I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on what’s being proposed here, he’d agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute.” - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.
You don't build aircraft carriers, submarines, long range missiles and bombers, stealth fighters, and anti satellite missiles, (among many other things), UNLESS you are looking to build a military capable of power projection outside one's own borders. As we have witnessed in its ever increasing aggressive moves with Taiwan, disputed islands between Japan and China, and Tibet, China is increasingly flexing its military muscles.
Peaceful military buildup of China is a farce just as Iran's "peaceful" nuke program. China is positioning itself to become an aggressive international player while giving lip service to calm the fearful and skeptical. The composition and buildup of their military has no other purpose than power projection.
I predict that once China feels it can match or best the US and other major military might, we will witness drastic changes in China's international actions all while they continue to parrot claims of peace, respect, and sovereignty.
The best we can hope for is that China's bubble pops, that their civil and human rights stance drastically improves, and/or other countries stepup and effectively counter their influence and power.
If you believe in the Supernatural then you can become a millionaire!
Questioning or criticizing another's core beliefs is inadvertently perceived as offensive and rude.
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
The Chinese are not America's friends, but so what? America can't effectively deal with China because Americans are too divided to deal effectively with any foreign power.
I was very obviously talking about the revaluation of the Yuan, which I even referred to. It doesn't matter if you think they're artificially devaluing the currency or not, the fact is that the US wants them to revaluate it and the Chinese don't want to. You can whine about how they're doing it artificially all you want but that's irrelevant to my point.Originally Posted by American
"I do not claim that every incident in the history of empire can be explained in directly economic terms. Economic interests are filtered through a political process, policies are implemented by a complex state apparatus, and the whole system generates its own momentum."
There is a nascent naval arms race going on in East Asia right now involving the PRC, ROK and Japan. This is really something to watch over the next couple of decades. China’s Rise = Remilitarizing Japan? | The Diplomat