In the future as in the past, both Clausewitz and Sun Tzu will undoubtedly have a lot to offer.
The problem is that you cannot prove yourself against someone who is much weaker than yourself.
Assuming China does not become destabilized and continues to grow, it will no doubt develop a military program in proportion to its resources.
Except when war is waged in a desert, noncombatants, also known as civilians or ""the people,"" constitute the great majority of those affected.
If you are strong and fighting the weak, then if you kill your opponent then you are a scoundrel... if you let him kill you, then you are an idiot.
Sun Tzu does not need my praise. His work has lived for over two thousand years, and will surely live for another two thousand without any help from me.
As history since Hiroshima shows, the best, perhaps the only, way to curb war is to deter it with such overwhelming force as to turn it from a struggle into suicide.
The enemy resembles us. Therefore, he needs to be approached not as an assembly of 'targets' to be destroyed one by one; but as a living, intelligent entity capable of acting and reacting.
It is simply not true that war is solely a means to an end, nor do people necessarily fight in order to obtain this objective or that. In fact, the opposite is true: people very often take up one objective or another precisely in order that they may fight.