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By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service
China’s rise to global economic and strategic eminence, with the potential for achieving pre-eminence in the greater-Asian region, is one of the defining characteristics of the post-Cold War period. The next decade may witness China`s assertion of military or strategic pressure on Japan, the Korean Peninsula, India, the South China Sea, the Taiwan Strait, Central Asia, or even on behalf of future allies in Africa and Latin America. While conflict is not a foregone conclusion, as indicated by China`s increasing participation in many benign international organizations, it is a fact that China`s leadership will pursue its interests as it sees them, which may not always coincide with those of the United States, its friends, and allies.
The crisis of global capitalism is unprecedented, given its magnitude, its global reach, the extent of ecological degradation and social deterioration, and the scale of the means of violence.