China plays the game of probability which they can do because of how many people they have. What I mean about probability is that in any population there is a small % of people who will be genius and create ideas and things that others will not think of. Think about the population of China, how many geniuses do you think they have? I bet they have more than any other country combined.
I mention this because I remember going to Intell school in the Navy and on my first day the teacher asked something like "Hello everyone, I'd like to ask if you all know the various methods we can use to deflect or stop a missile from hitting us." People said all sorts of things that came to mind like flairs, and decoys and counter missiles and such. And the guy said yeah those are all traditional methods we have used, but what if we told you there is a country with a missile so advanced, that it can bypass all of our known methods to stop it? That the only way we currently have to deal with said missile, is to simply keep ourselves out of it's range?
I mention this because that missile is now declassified and can probably be google searched. It is a missile I believe that shoots off into space and then comes flying down to the target at speeds nothing can stop. Ofcourse the country who had this missile was China, and I ofcourse am American. This conversation at "Spy school" was in 2006. What does that mean? It means that regardless of what they tell you on TV about us being practically invincible on the battlefield, the truth is there are people out there in other countries who can design stuff that we cannot deal with. China being a country who houses many such people…
If you ask me the only real method America (Had) which they could have used to really stay on top is to not invest all it's money into the military (Like how they are today) but to invest EVERYTHING into education. Having the best weapons is not going to mean squat if the smartest people in the world are your enemies… Because those people will be able to "Think" of methods to deal with us that we can't even fathom, all because we can't be bothered to care enough about our own educational standards, we just focus on the cool toys that make things go boom… I feel sorry for this country honestly.