AN American congressman recently expressed alarm and outrage at the nerve of the Chinese Government, for planning to upgrade dramatically the hardware and technology of its armed forces.
Why should he be so prejudiced and begrudge the Chinese something that is the right of all superpowers, particularly a nation surrounded by formidable and often surly neighbours? It is surely simplistic for any modern-day politician to assert that his/her country has a divine mandate to manufacture and market nuclear weapons.
If the congressman had studied his history books, he would have seen that over the centuries, with a civilisation of incomparable integrity, China has never shown any desire to expand beyond its natural and cultural borders.
Since its founding in 1949, the People's Republic of China, has established an undisputed record for being a major force for stability in the world.
This accomplishment can only be widened and intensified in the years ahead, when it has attained full superpower status.
To achieve such status and to guarantee its security against potential and traditional enemies, it must have military might.
JONATHAN GRAY League of China Patriots