Let me make a prediction: There will come a day when our "friend" China is going to turn on us and beat us into submission.
Check out this article from the Times Sunday Magazine.
The takeaway from this is that a new China, reveling in its economic superpower status, is taking more of an active role in the U.N.
With what goal?
"The People’s Republic has used its position as a permanent, veto-bearing member of the Security Council to protect abusive regimes with which it is on friendly terms, including those of Sudan, Zimbabwe, Eritrea, Myanmar and North Korea. And in the showdown with Iran that is now consuming the Security Council, and indeed the West itself, China is prepared to play the role of spoiler, blocking attempts to levy sanctions against the intransigent regime in Tehran. "
Slowly but surely the new face of terror is going to be a mutlinational, multi-lingual, multi-faith beast that is going to emerge out of "nowhere" and will blindside us and ultimately enslave us.
We're already seeing the result of dealing with nefarious regimes: Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia -- the U.S. keeps thinking it can play with dictators and murderers and not get its hand sliced in the process. Diplomacy, it seems, is like a street game of Three Card Monty -- it looks like such an easy win, saying the right things and making just enough overtures to people we know are evil, and then all of a sudden you're burying 3,000 of your own citizens on a single day.
Watch, just like the Middle East, China will prove to be an even trickier mine field in the years to come. They are building an arsenal against us: with technology, with weapons, and with relationships with countries that would like nothing more than to be rid of the U.S.
Just remember: If you let a snake into your garden you can't be upset if and when it bites you.