EAST VS. WEST

Pentagon's China Fears

Deep in the interior of the Pentagon, officials are still concerned about a rising Red China. So says a report released by the Pentagon today, which cites the development of "disruptive technologies" that are shifting the balance of power. The country is quickly moving away from a "boots on the ground" military towards a quick strike, versatile attack force able to engage in different types of conflicts simultaneously (Rumsfeld would be proud). The stern words come after tense moments off the coast of China when U.S. ships were menaced by smaller, aggressive Chinese boats in international waters. Of course, when you get to be a major player like China, the U.S. has to pay their respects, too. The report adds that China "has used its military muscle for good, such as peacekeeping and disaster relief."