That is not to say that China is not a threat. Indeed, if nothing, it is similar to Japan in the late 19th century through the mid-20th century. That another power that shot to great power status by aping the methods of other countries. Pearl Harbor to follow. Albeit that with a larger population and territory and a nuclear weapons arsenal, China has greater strategic depth.Nonetheless, the difference being that Japan, in part by democratizing, evolved into a more durable great power. The freedom of information in the Japanese system conducing in time not simply to imitation, but innovation. China, suffice to say, still has far, far to go in that respect and the odds are that, again allowing for miscalculation, China will steer clear of outright confrontation.
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