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  • Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) tanks rumble pass Tiananmen Square during the National Day parade in Beijing on October 1, 2009. (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

    LYONS: China's imperialism on full display

    To foster its imperialistic goals, China for the past two decades has funded an unprecedented military expansion program. With no known threat to its homeland, that should leave no doubt that the Chinese plan to use their modernized People's Liberation Army (PLA) to further their expansionist objectives by intimidation or outright aggression. Their illegal claim to essentially the entire South China Sea, which they have declared a "core interest," is a case in point. Their unauthorized building of facilities on the Philippines' Mischief Reef in 1995 and their forced confrontation with Japan over disputed islands in 2010 only serve to illustrate what China is prepared to do in the future.

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