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Chinese J-20 Stealth Fighter
The Chinese government is heavily investing in military research and development

The Pentagon recently noted that China's evolving military could be on track for a complete overhaul by 2020 Reuters reports. China reportedly spends about $160 billion USD each year on its military development, and other global super powers are anxiously watching. 

For example, the J-20 stealth jet program should be operational within the next seven years, and China's navy recently began sea trials of its first aircraft carrier.  The 
former Soviet ship was retrofitted to be an aircraft carrier -- and it will take a few more years before China can develop its own aircraft carriers. 

At a time when U.S. defense spending is under pressure, lawmakers are worried about China's military and space program spending.  

Even the U.S. State Department is becoming annoyed with China’s advancements, brazenly questioning its motives. "We would welcome any kind of explanation that China would like to give for needing this kind of equipment,” read a statement issued by the U.S. State Department last month. “We have had concerns for some time and we've been quite open with them with regard to the lack of transparency from China regarding its power projection and its lack of access and denial of capabilities." 

Chinese officials continue to defend their country's evolving military, saying they hope to work with Washington. "Despite continued gaps in some key areas, large quantities of antiquated hardware and a lack of operational experience, the PLA (China's People's Liberation Army) is 
steadily closing the technological gap with modern armed forces," stated a report covering China's 2010 military development. 

Continued economic turmoil in Japan has given China added confidence that it can be the standout Asian superpower, while the communist nation continues to woo foreign companies to invest inside its vast borders. 

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By dark matter on 8/26/2011 8:36:47 AM , Rating: 4
Seriously. Who does America think it is demanding to see the capabilities of other countries.

America is only one country amongst many. It's certainly not the most populous.

Who gave America permission to go poking around in other peoples countries?

And to my American friends, please do not take this as an assault on yourselves, you're obviously not the government, my entire point being "Who watches the watchmen?"

Given you own governments denial and erosion of your liberties, I wouldn't be too smug in your reply to this question.

By NellyFromMA on 8/26/2011 9:09:02 AM , Rating: 2
Well, while I believe the USA is vastly superior to China when running on all cyclinders, it would be foolish to underestimate Chinese cunning. They have been surviving since recorded history on the exact 'skills' you're down playing.

Realizing who you are dealing with is the only way to assess them accurately.

By Sazar on 8/26/2011 10:38:58 AM , Rating: 2
While it is true they have been surviving, they have been relatively easily subdued by both the Russians and Japanese and Mongolians in various capacities over the past few hundred years.

The US (modern version) on the other hand has not and most of the military advancements since WW 1 have been done with our allies or ourselves. Many of China's recent advancements have come from tech stolen by either the Russians or other partners and passed along.

By lukarak on 8/27/2011 1:01:53 PM , Rating: 2
You are of those one person one vote, everybody is equally important people? America is the only country with power projection capability, and maintains its standard of living by living not only off their own resources, but the rest of the planet as well. And that is not only America, but the whole western civilization.

And you can be sure they will not give it up without a fight. There will be a reset that will erase all of the debts western countries have towards the newly rising countries that invest their surplus. Perhaps a new war, perhaps something else. But for sure, a part of the planet will live off others.

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