Looming Red Menace 2013 Revival

The legacy of Nixon goes to China.

USA & Chinese Defense ministers shake hands, attempt smiles
USA Sec of Defense and Chinese Defense Minister shake hands
c/o Telegraph (UK): "China has insisted that its military technology lags 'decades behind' the United States and other developed countries and poses no threat to the rest of the world." (2011 Jan 10)

China Declares Air Defense Zone Over Japanese Claimed Islands. Warns of Action Against Aircraft Over Disputed Sea

China's declared defense zone

China has demarcated an "air-defence identification zone" over an area of the East China Sea, covering islands that are also claimed by Japan.

China's Defence Ministry said aircraft entering the zone must obey its rules or face "emergency defensive measures".

The islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, are a source of rising tension between the countries.

Japan lodged a strong protest over what it said was an "escalation".

BBC quoted by (and many other related links at) War News Updates, whose blogger comments, "This is an incredibly dangerous escalation. The following questions then begs an answer … will China shoot down a Japanese (or even an American) aircraft if it flies through this region?"

Satellite Photos Reveal China's 'Superguns'

Satellite imagery has revealed two unusually large artillery pieces, measuring about 80 ft and 110 ft respectively, at a test centre for armour and artillery northwest of Baotou in China....

U.S. Officials Are Surprised On China's Growing Ability To Strike U.S. Bases, Ships And Aircraft Throughout The Pacific

...the Chinese are "rapidly expanding and diversifying" their ability to strike U.S. bases, ships and aircraft throughout to the Pacific, including those in places like Guam that were previously out of reach. The report's release comes as the U.S. simultaneously increases the frequency with which it interacts with the Chinese military, and blasts the country for hacking into U.S. computer networks to steal secrets.

ForeignPolicy.com quoted by War News Updates, whose editor comments, "I am surprised that U.S. officials are surprised by these Chinese developments."
Chinese military parade

Why Are U.S. Taxpayers Funding China's Nuclear Security

The Obama administration is funding a joint nuclear security center in Beijing designed to stem nuclear weapons proliferation — despite recent state-run media reports showing Beijing’s plans to hit U.S. cities with nuclear missiles that would kill millions of Americans during a conflict.

China's declared defense zone