If you've ever wondered why there is so much tension between the United States and Chinese military, then sometimes you need to do a little bit of research and some reading. Now there are all kinds of great reports from the RAND Corporation, the US government, and many from the free market economic think tanks. Those are all great places to get information. And I've also like to recommend a pretty good book to you, one that I own, and it is one that will enlighten you a little;
"Red Dragon Rising – Coming This China's Military Threat to America" by Edward Timberlake and William C. Triplett II, Regnery Publishing Inc. a division of Eagle publishing company, Washington DC, USA; 1999, ISBN: 0-89526-258-4.
Many parts of this book are highly graphic descriptions, and images of actions taken by the Chinese People's Liberation Army or PLA against unfortunately its own people, and many of these are the human rights abuses that have been talked about in the United States for years. It appears that China is turning a corner, but they are still very much into controlling their population, their media, and even the Internet.
China likes to be in control of lots of things, and their central planning way of doing things includes almost every aspect of their society and civilization. From their industry clusters to even their weather, China wants to be in control. LaTely, they have been working very hard to regain disputed territories, and they have a goal of ever reuniting with Taiwan.
Although this book was written before the year 2000, it makes a number of bold statements, such as the reality that China has nuclear weapons pointed towards the United States, that Chinese spies have stolen vital national security secrets, high-tech industrial know-how , and even sold weapons to our enemies. We'd like to think since then, after helping China on the road to become the third-largest economy of the world, that they would be not only our favored trading partners, but also our best friends.
Unfortunately, that does not seem to be the case, and I believe it's important to read what was going on prior to the year 2000, as well as what is going on right now in the world when it comes to China. I would recommend that anyone who claims to be an expert on China, their military, their economy, or their future read this book first.
In fact, I'd go so far as to say that China needs to work very hard on becoming the United States best friend and not in name only, but in actual actions. Otherwise, the future Cold War with China, could end up much differently than the one with the Russians. We need to be thinking here, and take this more seriously. Indeed, China is a great place to visit, unbelievable culture, and history, and it is paramount that we remain friends. But at the same time, let's not kid ourselves.