A short news story in today's Wall Street Journal
is worth noting: "Japan intensified its rhetoric against China's military, accusing
Beijing for the first time of "assertiveness" and saying it needs to
keep a closer watch on how China views the contested waters between the
two countries." Also note that China is supposed to launch its first aircraft carrier
this month. Also more here on the maritime rise
of China. When clouds are seen, wise men put on their cloaks....