Does the Jan 11 Chinese test mean that China now truly threatens the United States?
Theoretically, any number of states could threaten the United States, though right now the most immediate threats to America would appear to come from non-state actors. Q: Very clever but you’re not answering the question! A: China is not a substantial military threat to the continental U.S. Unlike the American military, it does not have forces stationed in forward positions, ominously brushing on our borders, as we do on theirs. Q: So why did Beijing boom off a missile that intentionally knocked out one of its own aging space satellites? A: Probably because the technology and secrecy freaks of the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) wanted to prove to themselves — and to the world — that they could actually do it. Q: But why? I still don’t get it. A: Because China is a rising power, with new wealth, and is on the road to becoming a major power. Building up their military is what all nations on the rise do. Just look at the example of the United States over the last century. This current