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HONG KONG , China (CNN) -- The Iraqi war has convinced the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership that some form of confrontation with the U.S. could come earlier than expected.
By Max Hastings UPDATED: 01:11 GMT, 26 November 2011 China's vast military machine grows by the day. America's sending troops to Australia in response.
US dispatches three more warships to Middle East
By Aaron L.
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For some time now no navy or air force has posed a threat to the United States.
TAIPEI - A new RAND study suggests U.S. air power in the Pacific would be inadequate to thwart a Chinese attack on Taiwan in 2020. The study, entitled "Air Combat Past, Present and Future," by John Stillion and Scott Perdue, says China's anti-access arms and strategy could deny the U.S. the "ability to operate efficiently from nearby bases or seas."