NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Before the Secretary of Defense's visit to China this week, there were reports that China had entered initial operational capability, or IOC, with its DF-21D missile.

This weapon is a land-based ASBM (antiship ballistic missile) that was designed specifically to target U.S. aircraft carriers. Viewed as the point on the "tip of the spear," the typical aircraft carrier is crewed by close to 6,000 sailors and Marines and carries nearly 100 aircraft of varying capabilities.

Last week the world saw a glimpse of what appears to be a Chinese stealth fighter, called the J-20, conducting taxi tests. I provided some commentary to Fox News about the potential capabilities of this aircraft, which was obviously speculation because I only viewed photos. But I also made some assumptions about where the Chinese are with technology, which will be the most lethal weapon in the next conflict. These assumptions were based on several public events that occurred over the past five years.

Some viewers jumped on my comments, saying they were ill-informed because the aircraft hadn't flown yet and that the plane was months or years away from being able to fly.

It flew yesterday.

Four years ago the world was shocked to learn that the Chinese has successfully shot down an old weather satellite. At the time a Foreign Ministry spokesman said, "China has never, and will never, participate in any form of space arms race."

Right. and Iran only wants nuclear power for "peaceful purposes," one of them being turning Israel into a parking lot.

Also in 2007 we learned that computer specialists from the PLA (People's Liberation Army) hacked into the Pentagon's computer network. Nothing to see here.

They were numerous spying scandals during the Clinton administration (and other administrations) where technology and secrets ended up in Chinese hands.

On a completely unrelated note, in 1999 an F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter was shot down by a Serbian SA-3 Goa missile. It was reported at the time that Serbian forces turned over the wreckage to Russian personnel. It doesn't take a rocket surgeon to deduce what happened after that.

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