It is just logical that the US/British Empire would seek to consolidate power in the Pacific region. Limited warfare must be continued to ensure the health of the economy and the control of the less than 1%. Beneath it all, however no one should fail to notice that virtually all manufacturing has been outsourced to China............increasingly India has become an economic and intellectual force to be reckoned with, providing as it does much of the intellectual capital to the West. So although the paradigm of China vs. the West is being spun out and the chessboard is being somewhat rearranged, it is still the same old chess board. China will NOT be merely engulfed by the West, China has historically remained aloof from the entanglements that would dilute its national character. The rearrangement of the pieces on the chessboard is a pragmatic surface development and does not represent anything new. Limited warfare must be continued at all costs as it props up economies. Underneath there are undoubtedly tacit agreements on parameters of chaos to benefit the ruling classes of all sides. Wild cards continue to be those who act autonomously. Individuals are suspect, and above all, any notion of individuality must be stamped out and destroyed at the root.