China threat is real and growing |

China threat is real and growing

It’s about as sobering an assessment as there could be — the same ascendant Chinese who deftly have been working to amass the ability to squeeze the free world at will now have a markedly beefed-up military to back it all up.

In a report scheduled to be released on Wednesday, the Chinese are said to be able to destroy five of six U.S. bases in Asia with waves of missile strikes. That’s according to the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, whose draft findings first were reported by The Washington Times on Monday.

Place this in the context of what else China has been doing and the threat cannot be mistaken for anything but real.

To wit, long ago, its People’s Liberation Army business fronts secured control of port offices at both ends of the Panama Canal. It’s a threat that, amazingly, the U.S. State Department continues to pooh-pooh. China holds so much U.S. debt that it can destroy the American economy if it wants to. And it’s cornering of the rare earth metals market has horrific national security implications for the United States.

America has been asleep at the switch. And we’ll be lucky if we don’t end up paying the ultimate price.

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