Flexing Muscle, China Destroys Satellite In Test

Posted on Friday, January 19 at 10:19 by RPW
http://www.nytimes.com:80/2007/01/19/world/asia/19china.html?ex=1169874000&en=2d2b5a87c98541de&ei=5070&emc=eta1 [-------- Editor's note: Micheal Scott submitted this link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070119.wchinatest0119/BNStory/International/home It describes the weapon as a 'missle', but others speculate it was a 'laser'. DrC] Commentary: Well yeah, it COULD precede a "diplomatic effort". But it is my contention that we are witnessing the beginnings of a Chinese push for hegemony. It could take any number of pathways, but by far the simplest one (in light of the above), is to close China to exports, and cripple the world's satellite communications systems and GPS systems. I find it quite "comical" that we in the west are slavering over the "bones" China is throwing us. Mr. Harper, for instance, is being chastised by business for not jumping on the China wagon quickly enough, and all eyes are looking to the proverbial east. So far, we are not fighting among ourselves for these "scraps", as we perceive there to be more than enough for everyone. But given that China's anti-satellite demonstration is a "troubling development", what exactly ARE we doing here? Trying to see who can collect the most marbles before it all falls apart? How many people refused to see what the chicken bones were plainly saying prior to WWII? Chinese leadership must well and truly be "laughing up its sleeve" at our scrabbling cupidity....... BTW As New York Times online articles are only available on a time-limited basis, I have saved it for anyone who "missed out". [Proofreader's note: this article was edited for spelling and typos on January 22, 2007]

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