China/US military relations strain
. Okay, now what's the most likely reason for the strain:
(1) "Liu [Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao] mentioned the awarding by Congress of its highest civilian honor to the Dalai Lama last month as an issue that had upset relations."
[Oh, the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize winner is really an evil man seeking to overthrow our tyranny .. er .. governing of his homeland!]
(2) "The Hong Kong newspaper Ming Pao also cited the Taiwan arms deal and Dalai Lama visit, but it said Beijing may also have been reluctant to have U.S. ships in the area during military exercises last week that were said to involve submarines, surface ships and bomber aircraft."
[Oh, we fear for the safety of your ships!]
(3) "Liu also said U.S.-China relations have been hurt by U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, a self-governing island that China regards as a renegade province."
[Oh ... $#@%$@ Americans! You're arming the country we want to invade!]
Hmm. Whatever could the *real* reason be?