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Chinese J-20
Chinese J-20 has been spied performaing taxi tests

The Chinese military is using the money generated by its growing economy to invest heavily in military technology and new weapons systems. China continues to insist that it is not a threat, but many analysts believe the move to beef up its military is an effort to make the U.S. and allies think twice about intervening in any potential future conflict over Taiwan.

One of the new weapons system that China is developing is a new fifth-generation jet fighter aircraft called the J-20. Photos and video of the aircraft have been surfacing over the last month and many of the photos are from what is thought to be a runway taxi test of the prototype. The Pentagon stated previously that it thought China was years away from putting the aircraft into production and getting it into the air.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates recently clarified the concerns in the U.S. over the J-20. He noted during a press conference that China "may be somewhat further ahead in the development of the aircraft than our intelligence had earlier predicted."

Gates also said, "They [China] clearly have the potential to put some of our capabilities at risk and we have to pay attention to them, we have to respond appropriately with our own programs."

Another of the weapon systems that has analysts in the U.S. worried is the Chinese missile system capable of taking out an aircraft carrier in one strike. Gates noted at the conference that China was "fairly far along" in the development of the missile system. Taiwan is responding to the increase in Chinese military might with increases in its own arsenal. 

Taiwan has purchased the Patriot PAC-2 air defense missile system and the systems are being upgraded to PAC-3. Taiwan has also installed early warning radar along the coast facing China and developed the Tien Kung 3 missile system that can intercept missiles and aircraft in the air.

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RE: Surprised? Really?
By Pirks on 1/10/2011 1:17:32 PM , Rating: -1
It's a matter of time before Taiwan will be assimilated by China. I wish Taiwanese would be smart and avoid unnecessary fight, otherwise if US gets too twitchy we can have some really nasty war coming our way, I don't want to think what happens when US gets too serious protecting Taiwan. Large scale war between China and US might mean much more serious consequences than in WWII. Hopefully China understands that and they will accumulate enough military might and US debt before snatching Taiwan, thus making US involvement impossible or really really unlikely.

Another thing is that the West already succumbed to threats quietly in the past when they handed Czechoslovakia to Nazis back in 1938. Hopefully US will follow the same recipe yet again when time comes to ignore military alliance with Taiwan. I do hope US will be smart enough and let Taiwan slip into the China's hands easily without a fight. China is no Nazi so it should be ok for Americans to swallow, I think.

RE: Surprised? Really?
By sviola on 1/10/2011 1:29:38 PM , Rating: 3
China is no Nazi so it should be ok for Americans to swallow, I think.

The problem with that line of though is that back then, when the Nazi's invaded Poland, UK, US and France thought, well, the Nazi's aren't communist, so, this we may be able to swallow this. I guess you know where it went from there... (not that this mean things would scale or that China will eventually invade Taiwan - which honestly, I don't think would bring anything of interest to China, besides uping their ego for geting back their "rebellious child")

RE: Surprised? Really?
By Pirks on 1/10/11, Rating: -1
RE: Surprised? Really?
By ekv on 1/10/2011 4:06:48 PM , Rating: 1
it'll be super easy for Americans to swallow China's annexation of Taiwan
Taiwan / ROC used to be a close ally of US. We sold them out, for what? Access to a large market? Hah! ask victims of Operation Aurora how well that's turned out.

I remain skeptical of China's intentions (to say the least).'s_nose

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RE: Surprised? Really?
By Solandri on 1/10/2011 4:45:45 PM , Rating: 4
Since China is neither commie nor nazi (they are _officially_ commie but in real life no more than modern Russia for instance), besides Taiwanese are just renamed Chinese, with not many serious cultural or ideological differences with modern China.

China's not commie nor nazi, but they're totalitarian. That's enough reason to support Taiwan's independence (so long as Taiwan continues to be democratic).

If Taiwan wishes to become a part of China, it should be because they choose to do so. Not because some totalitarian state bullied them into it.

RE: Surprised? Really?
By Pirks on 1/11/2011 1:48:25 PM , Rating: 2
When this totalitarian state holds all the US debt and possesses enough military might to pwn the US Navy anywhere near Taiwan - then the US will swallow anything. You don't fight with a big heavily armed thug who also happens to be your main creditor.

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