In trying to understand more about the U.S.’s history with China, I picked up the book: China’s America (The Chinese View of the United States 1900-2000) by Jing Li. The author notes that a consistent thread in our relationship is the view [on both sides] that we have been “limited adversaries.” For instance, Mao Zedong, who was Chairman of the Communist Party in China for almost 30 years (1949 to ’76), used the U.S. to rapidly mobilize industrialization in China (in part, to fuel the weapons industry there) by constantly reminding his people of this external menace, according to the book. This, in part, was due to our rapid military build-up during this time… It’s all a geopolitical chess match, with many decisions having to be thought through in regard to how nations will act across the board — not merely in a duelist paradigm. That is, in this case our Cold War military build-up was primarily about trying to outmatch Russia. Yet our build-up of, say, nuclear weapons, propelled seven other major countries into a nuclear proliferation race that now, with one push of a button, could obliterate the entire globe. Note: We have thought through a military position paper that could well start to sanely, and incrementally, reverse this ongoing, quite scary, and quite possible, “Two Minutes to Doomsday” scenario.