Only commies could employ such logic.
The same profs oppose colonialism and conquest of native people everywhere in the world...unless it is China doing the colonizing.
The Chicoms attacked and conquered Tibet, which is NOT China, in 1949 IIRC. Since then they have tried to destroy the native population and religion.
The Chicoms want to do the same to a number of neighboring countries. I was shocked recently when I spoke to a Vietnamese immigrant college professor. She said she expected that Viet Nam would end up as a province of China. She said they were just too big and powerful to defeat.
IMHO, the best tactic to use against China is to start sending Green Berets to Monterey to learn the languages of minority groups under Chicom domination, e.g., Tibetan. That is a bigger threat than our Navy!