Shaggie, this is important so I started a new thread. The security issues are the least of our worries. China IS the future ... 1.4 billion people who score an average of 6 IQ points higher than us on standardized tests? They work for 30 cents an hour and are dedicated to the Party ideal - no problem with teamwork. Economically China has been growing at 14 percent a year, for at least 8 years! Have you checked out Shanghai recently - downtown looks like Manhatten without the hookers. Our present trade deficit with China is one billion dollars a week. All that holds up our US currency is that people here and abroad continue to believe the illusion of the mighty US dollar, the fact that the dollar prices oil so that all oil purchases must be converted to dollars, and the fact that many countries hold too many dollars to dump ‘em fast – there’s maybe two trillion out there in Europe and Asia - Holy Jesus its enough to make you religious man … Next year China will begin exporting Chinese-made cars to the US, the “Chery”, which will retail for about six grand here for a compact, 3k under the nearest Kia rival. They have a closed society and no issues with Moslem-based terrorism. They have no worker’s comp, no unions to worry about, no ACLU idiots to deal with, no need to care about “diversity” or similar politically-correct crap. Ten years from now? You had better have your money out of dollars and in the Chinese renminbi/yuan or gold. Twenty years from now China will be the strongest economy on the planet by far. I reckon India is not far behind ... I was recently in New Delhi and they want to kick our collective asses, believe me. The US will probably be down there with current math scores ... 18th or so. There is no way to stop this and everyone knows it, well maybe not everyone.