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To raise its combat effectiveness in times of war, the People's Liberation Army learns war from wartime. In times of peace, it learns war from practice. For this purpose, the PLA needs a reference point. If the U.S. aircraft carrier comes into the Yellow Sea uninvited, the U.S. will provide China with such a reference point and an opportunity of training its forces.|
Still stuck in a Cold War mind set, some Americans have tried everything possible to contain China's rise. Now with this maneuver, they are trying to threaten the Chinese people and test China's bottom line.
They should know that China's rise is the general trend, and no weapons can halt it. China is the world's largest market, so offending it means losing, at least in part - market share. Will ordinary Americans allow that sort of thing to happen? Without American support, how will Obama be elected to a second term?
Even in difficult times, China has never bowed to the powerful. What's more, China will soon become the world's second largest economy, so it's will certainly not compromise on this issue.
The entry of a U.S. aircraft carrier into the Yellow Sea will only reveal its technologies, tactics and offer China a close-up opportunity to research aircraft carriers.
The Chinese people cherish peace, and aren't prone to hostility toward any country. But neither will they allow any other country to be hostile toward China or turn a deaf ear to its opposition. A country should be dignified - and so should an army.
America always advertises itself as the most democratic country. Now China should help the United States learn a lesson in democracy. It is time for the U.S. to learn to respect others, listen to public opinion in other nations, and resolve problems with debate, not military measures.
*Luo Yuan is a major general and deputy secretary general of the PLA Academy of Military Sciences.