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Commentary > China Post > Peter Brookes
Libya's increasingly bloody conflict has inspired more calls for U.S. military intervention, with many clamoring for the imposition of a no-fly zone over the North African country.
 
It would be easier to forgive the Obama administration's lackluster handling of the political crisis in Egypt over the last couple of weeks if things were going their way elsewhere in the Middle East.
 
In the wake of the ongoing political turmoil in North Africa and the Middle East, which has toppled or shaken governments across the region from Tunisia and Egypt to Jordan and Syria, it would be a big mistake to overlook the rumblings in the lesser known country of Yemen.
 
While China has a seafaring past, in modern times, it has not been known for its navy. The ground forces of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) -- the collective name for China 's armed forces -- has long been the dominant military service in the People's Republic of China.
 
It's not clear who authorized the test flight of China's new J-20 "stealth" fighter during Defense Secretary Robert Gates' visit to Beijing this week, but the message was pretty clear: China has arrived -- and we really don't care what you think anymore, America.
 
While there has been lots of discussion of the U.S.-Russia Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) over the past few months, one very important consideration continues to receive insufficient attention: China's robust nuclear-force modernization program.
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Sunday, a new nuclear-weapons program; a few days ago, an unprovoked and deadly attack on a neighbor: When nutty North Korea makes the headlines, you can bet it's not good news.
 
The impending historic shift in power on Capitol Hill, especially in the House, guarantees challenges not only to U.S. President Obama's domestic policies, but on national-security matters, too.
 
If something isn't done to prevent it, we'll likely be facing an emerging nuclear threat from President Hugo Chavez's Venezuela sometime in the next 10 years.
 
Over the weekend, North Korea promised a "1,000-fold" rise in its military strength, The Associated Press reported. And Pyongyang may be keeping its word.
 
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