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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The recent controversy over the possible transfer of weapons technology to China has brought new focus to bear on China's military.
Whether U.S. security was in fact compromised, the incident has renewed fears that China is on its way to becoming a military superpower in its own right.
How does China stack up to the U.S.?
The United States is widely regarded as the world's sole military superpower. But many experts expect China to challenge that status on the military front by early next century. Still Western analysts see little reason to fear from China's military:
Originally posted by ProfEmeritus
No, I think that after they've observed our financial situation, they're decided to go back to Zela Reticula.
Originally posted by AWingAndASigh
The US has been the world's great super-power in the past few years. We also have the world's largest military.
If ET were planning an invasion, they would want to "soften up" the world's biggest military in order to limit casualties and damage of infrastructure. Perhaps ET is as fond of power as we are, so they would seize control for that reason alone.
If the stories of alien abductions are true, then ET has an awful lot of human/alien hybrids running around that could be put to use as sleepers and alien agents.
If they damaged the US, then an invasion would be pretty easy for an army supplied with superior technology.
Originally posted by gimme_some_truth
However I personally would be more likely to believe that they are "softening up" the United States government not because they want to invade and take over, but because The United States government is preventing them from simply revealing themselves. letting us know that they are out there.