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Chinese J-20 Stealth Fighter
Apparently Liang forgets the new stealth fighter China is showing off

The tensions in Asia over the growing might of the Chinese military are easy to see and understand. China is using its booming economy to fund the development of new weapons programs. China wants the world to believe that it is merely being sure it can defend the sovereignty of its nation while others fear that China will use the military might to take resources and possibly attack other nations in the area.

With tension growing, Chinese Defense Minister General Liang Guanglie said at the 10th Shangri-La Dialog in Singapore that the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) is 20-years behind the U.S. Military. Guanglie said, "I would call the gap big. [The PLA] main battle equipment of our services ... is mainly second-generation weapons." He continued saying, "For example, the army is still being motorized, not mechanized."

Liang acknowledged that the modernization of the Chinese military has drawn attention and concern from around the world. Liang says that China has a right to protect is "core interests" such as protecting its sovereignty. Liang also explained at the conference that relations between the Chinese and U.S. military were improving. This year's Shangri-La dialog was in face the strongest turn out for the Chinese after years of ignoring the conference.

In addition to Liang there were a number of other Chinese officials at the conference including Rear Adm. Guan Youfei, deputy chief, Foreign Affairs Office, Ministry of National Defense; Senior Col. Ou Yangwei, director, Center for Defense Mobilization Studies, National Defense University; Major Gen. Song Dan, deputy director general, General Office, Central Military Commission; Lt. Gen. Wei Fenghe, deputy chief of general staff, PLA; and Xiao Jianguo, director, Department of Ocean Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

As much as Liang wants the world to believe China has a massive gap between its military and the U.S. military (and other armed forces of the world), the country is investing heavily in next-generation weapons. A the most high profile new weapons program is the Chinese J-20 stealth fighter. The J-20 completed its second flight in April and has been captured on video as it has been tested. Some speculate that China obtained the stealth technology that is used in the J-20 from a U.S. F-117 stealth fighter that was downed in 1999 in Serbia. China is known to have had agents crisscross the area where the fighter crashed buying up the wreckage from local farmers.

The Chinese military is also believed by many around the world to be carrying out very sophisticated and successful hacks against military and corporate networks. Many digital attacks have been traced back to parts of China where the government is known to have a strong military presence. The Gmail hack that was revealed earlier this month is believed to have been perpetrated by China, though Chinese officials have denied any involvement. China is also allegedly the source of the hacking attacks that compromised networks at Lockheed Martin using stolen RSA SecurID dongles. Those hacks are believed to have targeted Lockheed Martin military projects. 

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RE: Nothing to worry about here/so small
By Reclaimer77 on 6/8/2011 10:26:45 PM , Rating: 0
Socialism, Communism, Marxism, whatever. It's all the same fruit from the same poison tree. Fascism. Splitting hairs just for the sake of it is a really poor waste of time over the Internet. The goal here is to get a point across, not to write volumes of text when using one word is as good as another.

I know this kind of thing makes you and Gzuss feel smarter, but it comes off as really condescending. When someone says "Russia was Communist", EVERYONE knows what they mean. This has done nothing but waste time and detract from the main discussion. Congratulations?

By Bubbacub on 6/9/2011 7:31:35 AM , Rating: 2
dude - seriously - read some political history.

fascism, communism, marxism and socialism are all completely different.

i believe you are american (correct me if i'm wrong). its possible that as you grew up (i'm guessing you were around in reagan times) that you may have been on the end of some socially prevalent themes that may have mis-represented world history. correct me if im wrong in making these assumptions.

fascism and communism (as implemented by the russians) were diametrically opposed ideologically. they had similar models of centrally controlled planned economies because this was seen as the 'modern way forward' to get countries out of the mess of the great depression of the 30's. this functional similarity can be attributed due to both forms of government arising at more or less the same time in response to the failure of capitalist democracies in central and eastern europe in the twenties and thirties. their political origins however are polar opposites.

marxism has never really been implemented.

finally socialism is alive and kicking and working well for its people in for example most of northern europe. at least this has seemed to be the case last time i visited denmark and sweden.

By Gzus666 on 6/9/2011 9:53:35 AM , Rating: 4
I was under the impression it just made you feel dumber (however daunting that task may be) which is why you lash out with your freak out sessions.

Oddly enough, we use different words to describe these things because they are different things. Granted there are always synonyms, but this isn't one of those times.

What main discussion? Your xenophobia against the Chinese? I'm sure you are going to solve the world's problems here on Dailytech. It is a blog, you aren't doing anything here.

Honestly I just like messing with you cause it is hilarious to watch you flip out. The fact that you are insane and don't understand much of anything just adds to the fun.

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