The point is that there's good reason to believe that China has developed an anti-ship missile that could deliver a carrier-destroying warhead. Anti-missile systems like the Aegis might be able to destroy the missile before it reached its target.
On the other hand, they might not.
The Chinese missile seems to be a modified Dong Feng 21 missile: a ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 kilometers. I think that works out to around 1,250 miles.
So What?The War on Terror (a term which is no longer officially sanctioned) doesn't involve China, right?
I certainly hope so. But, most of a cyberspy network just happens to be in China: and has been active enough for mainstream news media to mention it.
And, if China did get involved in a conflict with America, and allied itself with Al Qaeda, it wouldn't be the first Odd Couple. Remember Germany and Japan, back in WWII? Things have changed in the sixty years since the ethnically-conscious national socialists in Germany allied themselves with, of all countries, Japan: but I think that's still a reminder that differences don't necessarily make that much of a difference.
Vaguely related posts:
- "No More "War on Terror" - Officially?"
(March 30, 2009)
- "Cyberspy Network Hacked 103 Countries' Systems"
(March 29, 2009)
- "Iran and Russia and Germany and Japan"
(October 19, 2007)
- "Report: Chinese Develop Special "Kill Weapon" to Destroy U.S. Aircraft Carriers"
U. S. Naval Institute (March 31, 2009)