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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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RE: And?
By WinstonSmith on 8/26/2011 8:39:34 AM , Rating: 5
"Our country is woefully dependent on China's slave--er I mean cheap labor."

A myth.

"Made-in-China" Only 2.7% of U.S. Spending; Really? What Does It Mean?"

And the vast majority of production for the US military is done _in the US_ for security reasons. Anyway, in a country that spends more on its military than the rest of the world combined (over $1 trillion per year when ALL costs related to the military are added up), you're going to have a tendency to always present the future "enemy" as ten feet tall.

RE: And?
By quiksilvr on 8/26/2011 8:52:18 AM , Rating: 5
There is another major factor that is being ignored here. This is $400 billion dollars a year right? How much of that income is going to the companies/workers with respect to the government? $400 billion goes a much longer way for the Chinese government than it does for US.

And further more, if $400 billion is a paltry 2.7%, then why don't we just replace those international imports from China with manufacturing facilities here?...BECAUSE ITS FRIGGING $400 BILLION DOLLARS! ANNUALLY. 2.7% or 0.0001% its still hundreds of billions of dollars going to a country every year that neglects the rights of its people be it via censorship, healthcare or otherwise.

RE: And?
By Natch on 8/26/11, Rating: 0
RE: And?
By Strunf on 8/27/2011 5:52:40 AM , Rating: 1
You think it was only the USSR that stole from the US? and not the other way around? The USSR and today Russia still have plenty of technology worthy to be stole even by the US!

Let me get this straight the US soldiers are dedicated and professional? if that's the case then what was the whole deal about putting your prisoners naked and taking pictures? Or about when they just drove over dead bodies? A battlefield is a nasty place and for your own good you better leave your moral and education at home...

RE: And?
By billshut on 8/27/2011 7:07:14 AM , Rating: 4
Compared to your Chinese draftee, who is much the same as the conscripts (draftees) that the USSR had, then yes, our volunteer military is much more dedicated and professional.

China has won most modern wars by simple attrition. They may not have the technology advantage, but if they can overwhelm you by sheer numbers, they win. Take a good look at Korean War history, and how many of their soldiers they were willing to throw away, in trying to take an anonymous hill.

RE: And?
By lol123 on 8/26/2011 10:55:04 AM , Rating: 2
Wow, an actual sensible comment. It's not every day you see one of those on these boards...

RE: And?
By JonnyDough on 8/29/2011 2:33:15 PM , Rating: 2
With nearly 100% of manufactured goods that say "made in China" at Wal-mart and other large retail stores I am not sure how you can believe this. Most products found in America, aside from agriculture and some machinery are now imported. It only took 10 years for this change to occur. Thank Bill Clinton, who lied to the American public, who is friends with Walton kids (Multi-billionaires who are the sons of Sam Walton - Wal-mart/Sam's Club founder), and who no doubt was promised great riches for that little trade deal he was able to get signed off.

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