March 5, 2014

U.S., Allies Need to Rethink China War Plan

Peter Layton, The Interpreter

The Associated Press

The rise of China has returned to prominence Thucydides' explanation of the epochal Peloponnesian War: 'It was the rise of Athens and the fear that this inspired in Sparta that made war inevitable.' This warning seems to be borne out by historical analysis, which apparently indicates that there's a 75% chance of war as China replaces America in the global pecking order. China's assertive new Air Defence Identification Zone and its nine-dash line claims appear to support such fears.

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