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Chinese J-20 spy shot
China has a new stealth fighter waiting in the wings

The Chinese government is spending heavily to increase its military might and is increasing spending on research into new weapon systems. China insists that it is no threat to other countries, but much of the world looks warily at the communist country and its growing power.

China's defense minister Liang Guanglie says that the country wants to modernize its military without foreign aid. Liang said, "In the coming five years, our military will push forward preparations for military conflict in every strategic direction."

Liang continues to say that China would advance its capability to fight and win future high-tech wars while boosting its conventional military arsenal. China is working on weapons that trouble some military analysts and military personnel in the U.S. with new weapons systems like the DF-21 missile which can destroy a U.S. supercarrier with a single hit.

Liang said, "We will stand on our own feet to solve the problem and develop our equipment. The modernization of the Chinese military cannot depend on others, and cannot be bought."

According to Liang, China is building up its navy, air force, and strategic missile forces. China is thought to be launching a new aircraft carrier as much as a year before analysts expected and the Chinese Air Force has a new stealth jet that has been seen recently in spy shots.  The Chinese stealth aircraft is called the J-20 and is thought to be aimed at the U.S. F-22 Raptor. Some reports have claimed that the J-20 is larger than the Raptor with more weapons and fuel capacity making some think that the aircraft may not be as fast or agile as the Raptor in a fight.

Defense News reports that U.S. Defense Secretary Ronald Gates will head to Beijing soon for talks with Chinese officials. The visit will undoubtedly be in part to talk about the fact that China is allied with North Korea. North Korea recently shelled a small South Korean island killing four people, including two civilians.



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By tim851 on 1/1/2011 5:54:09 PM , Rating: 0
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China never expressed their desire to conquer Tibet either.


Of course they did. Tibet had been considered an autonomous part of China since the 18th century. Before that, it was in one way or another part of the Mongolian Empire. Tibet was only somewhat independant from 1912 to 1951. Even then, China always maintained that they regarded it as part of the mainland.

Same with Taiwan. The Peoples Republic of China has never accepted the Republic of China. And has used its massive influence to make Taiwan a virtually non-recognized entity. That might seem unfair, but this is the way was it has ALWAYS been in the world.

I don't see China going through the trouble of actually seeking a military conflict over Taiwan. There is a growing unification movement in Taiwan. In the meantime, China will sooner or later seek a deal similar to that of Hong-Kong. Basically it will demand that the ROC seize their claim of independance for keeping up the Status Quo and everybody, including the US, will urge them to accept that offer.

China does not represent a military threat to any other countries. There hasn't been a confrontation between 1st world countries since that really big one 70 years ago and there will probably never be one again, because globalization has interconnected everything to a degree where you can't win a war like this anymore.


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