China has been in the news a lot lately. Both of them.
Seems I can't listen to a network news report (almost always radio) that doesn't include some significant saber rattling from our Red neighbors across the water.
You don't build an amphibious fleet (in a calendar year) and base a thousand surface-to-surface missiles across from Taiwan unless you intend to use them. The recent anti-Japanese riots, the publication of White Papers laying out a strategy of regional hegemony with the stated intent of negating U.S. influence in the region, and an appreciation of the domestic tensions faced by the Communists who are trying to make capitalism work without freedom are all troubling.
They are modernizing their military at an amazing pace; I believe that they are able to crank out just about any technology that they want by now. When/if the Euroes put up their own GPS constellation, I bet I can name the prime investor...
Just a note for the historical record: the U.S. government has NEVER been near correct in any strategic assessment of intentions where Japan or China is concerned. Never.
I don't have the time to collect a bunch of links; visit Strategy Page, Belmont Club, Instapundit, or even stoop to Googling China items.
We live in interesting times.