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LOS ANGELES — Paranoid people tend to live longer, goes the old joke. And so it is in this spirit only — not out of a desire to engage in Cold War China-bashing — that we raise concerns about China. So here’s the paranoid’s question: Just what is China really up to?

The facts are as follows. In parallel with its astonishing and commendable economic rise, China has put together new military architecture that’s enough to give one shivers. Of course, the rising military syndrome is hardly unique to China. By and large, economic growth and military buildups go hand in hand.

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