China has given notice of its increasing power in space - and provoked widespread international concern - with a successful test of an anti-satellite weapon that could be used to knock out enemy surveillance and communications craft.
15 years ago, with the fall of the Soviet Union, there was an effort to make China our next big enemy. At that time is was a silly notion. While China did have a large army, they lack the means to effectively project power much beyond their own borders.
Things sure have changed.
For years US corporations have poured manufacturing resources into the country at an amazing rate, while American consumers have filled China's banks. Western industry, both heavy and high tech, are making huge contributions to the skill level and manufacturing base of the nation, and we have been shipping hundreds of billions of dollars a year to them. This has allowed them to achieve an unprecedented level of growth and development, scientific, industrial and for their military.
By our own efforts to find cheap labor, and a way to finance our low taxes and debt, we have made the silly proposition of 1991 a reasonable concern of 2007. Lenin was alleged to have said that capitalist would sell the rope that would be used to hang him. In the case of our relationship with china, he may be proven to be correct.