VMT (Very Many Thanks) Escobar for posting the "Paradox of Power: Sino-American .....". It is an excellent article which I hope is also widely read by China's Military. As I mentioned in my various posts in Sino-Defence, there will be NO winners in any future War. In the final analysis, Nuclear Weapons will be used by the Forces concerned. It appears that with the recent arguements, counter arguements, posturings and "threats", the Asia-Pacific could be heading for sea conflicts initially, & God forbid, a War? Examine the geo-politics of the region & a clearer picture emerges. China must not feel it is being contained by the US & others, and China must not be seen as a threat to its neighbours (by its actions & not words). Is this a possibility? The National Leaders will have to decide.