It is an interesting contradiction that Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that â€œany future defense secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East or Africa should â€˜have his head examined,â€™ and Gatesâ€™s point that â€œthe most plausible, high-end scenarios for the U.S. military are primarily naval and air engagements â€” whether in Asia, the Persian Gulf or elsewhere.â€ It is pertinent to note that the Chinese, too, have studied World War II and, according to some here at the college, have concluded that Japanâ€™s experience should be pertinent to Chinaâ€™s planning. Japan was defeated by sea and air blockades plus the threat of invasion. As one person here puts it, America ensured its victory when it controlled the Luzon Strait, a choke point between the Philippines and Taiwan. The debate is whether China be preoccupied with economic enhancement or also be sensitive to China's growing military sensitivity. Will China be preoccupied with her economic growth or will she also ensure that she is capable of projecting power through 'other means'?