Oh, man, this is scary stuff.
Seriously, I thought I knew a lot about China's military outlook but I had no idea they believed they were being deliberately encircled by ballistic anti-missile systems. This is the first I've seen of this and the person being quoted in the article is pretty connected to the top of the Red Chinese military structure. If they honestly feel this way about the recent moves to put ABMs on the continent we're all in deep sh*t. I thought the focus would have been the provision of arms to Taiwan (to be expected) but if the Chinese feel this is only part of a larger strategic plan to surround them and render their own nuclear arsenal ineffective as a deterrent then start worrying about World War III in the very near future, before 2015, maybe in the next year or so.
Sometimes I feel like I could research six hours a day and still miss important things going on in the world. I would have missed this except Rowan offered a link to the article in the comments for the blog post below.
Totally out of left field. Never even knew this was a widespread sentiment in China.
It turns out the communist Mao Tse Tung was a better strategic thinker than anybody in Washington, D.C. ... he advised the Chinese people to "dig tunnels everywhere, store up food and water and seek parity of force but not dominance - for such things lead invariably to war." For those of you who wonder how much damage the collapse of the American educational system could do to the country, consider that it may have led directly to the insanity of these provocations by people who simply don't know better. Building an ABM system directly on a man's border is a good way to get your ass kicked. It's the equivalent of atomic twinking in a rough neighborhood.