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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 NellyFromMA on 8/26/2011 9:06:40 AM , Rating: 2
If China's military is going to be 'modern' by this passed decades standards in a decade, what makes you think they will be in position to surpass us any time soon?

The conflict is coming no doubt. I think it will be a little out from 2020 but now I'm not sure.

I think its inevitable though. They intrude on our sovereignty every time they hack into our national networks. I think the US has been posturing itself for this conflict for the passed 50 years at least.

Have faith; We have always had the edge against China and there isn't a person in our power-obsessed congress or presidential cabinet that will cede that to China or any other nation. Wars will happen before that, IMO.


RE: And?
By 91TTZ on 8/26/2011 9:35:08 AM , Rating: 3
The real enemy isn't in China but within the US. The US industrial-military complex is out of control and it's trying to survive in a time of cost-cutting. Eisenhower saw that it was a growing problem and it's gotten much worse.

But of course, the American people must keep paying these exorbitant costs or else America will be taken over by the Germans and Japanese, I mean the Koreans, I mean the Vietnamese, I mean the Soviets, I mean the terrorists, I mean the Chinese.

Nothing keeps that industry alive like pretending that we're in a state of perpetual war.


RE: And?
By NellyFromMA on 8/26/2011 10:03:56 AM , Rating: 3
Trust me, China is very much an enemy. It's not that you're all wrong, but make no mistake, China is very angry for the colonial attempt at invasion approx 1914 IIRC. Since then, China has been posturing itself towards what it is today.

Yea, there's always an 'enemy' face portrayed out there, but believe it or not, most of the time its a lot more justified than you're making it out to sound.

This goes back a lot further than Eisenhower. Alot further than probably any of your live relatives. Look it up.


RE: And?
By AnnihilatorX on 8/26/2011 10:35:29 AM , Rating: 2
Is it just me that it is sad to hear people warmonging about inevitable war?

I am Chinese and I don't want to see a war with America. Do you?


RE: And?
By bigdawg1988 on 8/26/2011 1:21:15 PM , Rating: 2
Heck no, I don't want to see any wars. And it's a little odd to me that we have about 13 carriers and get all upset about China's one little carrier. This is just some fear-mongering by DoD to keep their budgets up, as someone else posted earlier. Don't worry, there will be no war. Nukes are still one helluva deterrent to that foolishness. Heh, learn to love the bomb! The bringer of peace!!

Well, unless you don't have any, then you're fair game for destruction....


RE: And?
By lukarak on 8/27/2011 6:28:00 AM , Rating: 2
Well, if you want to change the established system, where the western world (USA, Europe where i live and some other countries) lives on work and resources of others, then you very much want a conflict. Because the system won't change peacefully. Who would give up life over your own means voluntarily?


RE: And?
By NellyFromMA on 8/30/2011 2:37:54 PM , Rating: 2
Fact: overpopulation of the earth and limited resources is a current event. No country or entity will allow its citizens to have less than what they currently have. That will inevitably lead to war. It just will. That's not my wish, it's just easy to see.


RE: And?
By NellyFromMA on 8/30/2011 2:36:03 PM , Rating: 2
It's not warmongering. It's analysis. Know what I hate, when people accuse me of something I'm not doing. ;)


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