While the Nationalists and the Communists disagreed on who should rule China, they did agree that Taiwan and Tibet were part of China.
Certainly, Communist China wants friendly neighbors, but it has never to this point in time moved into territory that it does not consider Chinese. They sided with North Korea in the Korean War, because we came too close to their borders. They felt threatened. They have no troops in North Korea.
The former Yugoslavia, Vietnam, and China were created by nationalist, internal revolutions that did not come out of the barrel of a Soviet tank.
The OSS fought beside Tito and Ho Che Minh against the Germans and Japanese respectively. A similar relationship was sought with the Chinese Communist, but failed because of a Conservative preference for the Nationalist. Both Ho Che Minh and Mao sought a relationship with the US during the war, but failed on the rock of conservative opposition. Republicans still have hysterics over Communism, but they love the money coming out of China.
At this point, I do not regard China as a military threat, but it is an economic threat. Our greed is destroying us, and they don't have to do a thing.
Pervis J. Casey
Jun 19 2007 - 5:28pm