Many bloggers including Boots and Sabers notice a weird Thanksgiving Day event in Hong Kong. The Chinese suddenly deny permission for the American aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk to make a planned port stop, then reverse themselves a day later after it is too late to proceed with the plan.
Los Angles Times: China's decision to block the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk from a long-planned Thanksgiving visit to Hong Kong, before relenting 24 hours later "on humanitarian grounds," had all the markings of a diplomatic slap in the face, analysts say. It just wasn't terribly clear whose face it was aimed at. … Pundits near and far sought to explain what appeared to be behind the Chinese government's blunt yet hazy message.
China Confidential: China's decision to block a US Navy aircraft carrier from a long-planned Thanksgiving visit to Hong Kong, before relenting 24 hours later "on humanitarian grounds," was a message from China's real rulers--the military--that they intend to vigorously oppose an announced US buildup of Taiwan's antimissile shield.
The flip-flop was also directed at the Communist Party, whose power the PLA has supplanted, according to China Confidential analysts. The military engineered an embarrassing diplomatic incident to remind the party that the PLA has its priorities and red lines.
A growing neo-Maoist faction in the military is worried that the inequality caused by the party's continuing commitment to Western-style consumerism, coastal city development at the expense of the restive, left-behind countryside, and massive urbanization is ultimately unsustainable and likely to lead to regime-threatening popular uprisings--perhaps, even, a civil war--which the PLA will have to put down at great cost.