Fire of Liberty
I know that some of the business community and the press are convinced that China is so committed to making tons of money and selling their products to the world that they would be foolish to start a fight with Taiwan or with the US. Now while China presents itself as a producer/retailers dream, you only have to open up this nicely wrapped package and pretty soon you discover that China is a very deadly dragon. If you look here, here, and here you find out pretty quickly that the Chinese are working day and night to develop new military strategies and a deadly arsenal of armaments that range from five Jin class nuclear powered ballistic missile subs, DF-31 intercontinental ballistic missiles that have a range of 8,000 km, a build-up in military spending, as well as the massing of some 700 short range ballistic missiles opposite of Taiwan which shows that the Chinese are not only interested in building up its economy but also projecting its military strength within Asia or on its neighbors.
This just goes to show you that not only are the folks in the Pentagon and the various intelligence agencies having to manage the everyday happenings in the War on Terror but they are also keeping their eyes on the various changes that are happening in China with regards to its military build-up. I just hope that their are a lot of folks in the Pentagon who are forward thinking enough to prepare for the emergence or a future challenge from China. I just pray that we're ready if the time comes.