Gregory Clark, who writes on China affairs, had a commentary in the Japan Times today arguing that the China threat is at best, overblown.

Since then we have seen Beijing’s claims against Taiwan condemned as aggressive, despite the fact that every Western nation, including the U.S., has formally recognized or accepted China’s claim to sovereignty over Taiwan. China’s efforts to assert control over Tibet are also branded as aggression even though Tibet has never been recognized as an independent entity.

The US does not recognize Chinese sovereignty over Taiwan, and if Clark were living here with Chinese missiles point at him, he’d recognize them as aggressive as well.

Nevertheless, some interesting historical assertions in the article.