China is aggressively moving forward with plans for a permanent Chinese spacestation, colonization of the moon, and travel to Mars. In conjunction with these boldplans, the Chinese are rapidly rolling out a massive space-related infrastructure thatincludes a powerful satellite network, a Global Positioning System (GPS) constellationknown as Beidou, a fleet of deepwater space tracking ships, and ground stationsestablished in Chinese client nations across the globe that will be capable of trackingU.S. military assets. The critical question examined in this chapter is whether Chinawill be a friend or foe as it reaches for the stars; and you might find at least onepossible answer to that question very disquieting.A fourth new chapter squarely addresses China's human rights abuses, itssuppression of free speech, China's brutal subjugation of Tibet, and what hasbecome the world's biggest prison. Many readers questioned why I failed to addressthese topics in the first edition. As an economist, I originally thought these topicswere more properly in the domain of politics. What changed my mind on this pointhave been several incidents involving self-censorship to gain access to the Chineseeconomy by three of the world's largest tech companies and Internet searchengines: Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo! In the most despicable case, Yahoo!executives, hungry for business in China, played a key role in the jailing of a journalist who committed no other crime than forwarding an email message. Basedon incidents such as these, it's clear to me that most of China's economic problemscannot be resolved without greater political transparency, and greater politicaltransparency inevitably means the lifting of China's totalitarian curtain.The third and final reason why I believe I must offer this updated and expandedversion of The Coming China Wars is that I want to provide a much better set of answers to the core question raised by this book: How can we together fight and winthese coming wars in a way that will benefit both China and the rest of the world? Itis in this area of inquiry where critics found the most fault with the first edition.For example, in his thoughtful review in the Asia Times, Benjamin Shobert wrote thatThe Coming China Wars "serves as an important touchstone for any prudentdiscussion regarding the implications to China's growth." However, Shobert alsonoted that the book "would have been more complete with an expanded emphasis onsolutions to the issues he introduces." Echoing this theme, Publishers Weekly opinedthat "this informative book will teach readers to understand the dragon, just not howto vanquish it."To firmly address this criticism, I have not only substantially expanded my own set of recommendations for consumers, workers, business executives, and governmentofficials. I also offer sets of solutions that have been proposed by some of the mostsophisticated China watchers in the world.I hope that you find this updated and expanded edition of The Coming China Wars tobe a very useful tool to help you navigate through the increasingly rough seas of thetwenty-first century. My primary goal in this book remains that of a "call to action."My fervent hope is that by raising the level of awareness about the world's growingChina Problem, this awareness will translate into economic and political actions bothwithin and outside of China that are long overdue.Introduction to China's "Butterfly Effect on Steroids"