There is a bit of old folk lore that states “Never judge a book by it’s cover’. I should like to paraphrase that just a bit ‘Never judge a country by it’s propaganda’. China is counting coup by sending it’s first woman into space and conducting their first manual space docking. Such a nice, scientific, enlightened, pro people, cooperative country. Or at least if you believe their propaganda they are.
But this is the same country that is claiming the Spratley Islands and all of the gas and oil reserves that lie under the sea bed in that area. To emphasize their claims last week one of their governmental vessels (read navy war ship) rammed and sank a Philippines fishing boat without stating around to pick up survivors. One dead. Maybe they are not so enlightened, scientific, nice, pro people and cooperative after all. But then again this may just be one isolated incident? Maybe not!