This isn’t directly about politics, but the implications will have an impact on the political landscape of the coming decade.
The United States is pretty good at fighting the last war, but has been increasingly bad at fighting the next. Case in point: China hijacked all US government Internet traffic for a while in April. Meanwhile, the US was focused on halting Muslim terrorists.
This is scary stuff, because our nation is more dependent upon the Internet working correctly than you may realize. If China is capable of intercepting large swaths of US Internet traffic, they are also capable of reading it or changing it. The implications truly cannot be overstated. This is the electronic equivalent of nuclear warheads aimed at our nation, but without any advance warning of an attack.
The focus on Al Qaeda and other Muslim extremists is all about the last war. China is uniquely positioned to be in control of the next.