The Chinese are conspicuously absent in recent SS tournaments, so Korean coach Li Mou can't experiment with his charges on how best to beat the Chinese. Maybe the opportunity will present itself in the forthcoming WC. But it will not be surprising that LM will bide his time for a chance to take revenge on LYB. Already the Koreans have mastered China's hitherto seemingly unbeatable women's team for the official world team championships Uber Cup in KL this year. And there are more men singles players of world class material coming out of Korea recently to challenge the Chinese. Korea's men's doubles have always been of a high standard. So will it be an inevitable clash between incumbent China and Korea to determine who will be the master in world badminton, say for the period leading up to the London Olympics? Will Indonesia, Malaysia and others like Taipei and India be able to spring a surprise? Will their back-up squads be ready to take on the mantle in such a relatively short time?