There is growing hysteria in the US over the “China threat”. Recent controversial statements by two Chinese military officers have added fuel to the fire. One US expert has warned that in China “the language of war is creeping in”. However, these particular Chinese military officers are well known for their over-the-top rhetoric and their threats are atypical. Nevertheless, their fears and frustration are not surprising given recent “in-your-face” US policy, rhetoric and actions.