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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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US superpower...
By Netjak on 8/26/2011 12:38:35 PM , Rating: 0
USoA is only superpower. that power has very short life, just 20y. in that period, usa has taken down 2 countries with litle or no reason. personaly I'm big fan of USA, but sunner or later that kind of unquestioned power can and will be misused. Don't beleive me? Just check US military doctrine - projecting power anywhere on the world... for interes of USA. Not for defense or even not for balance (aka scaring shit in those commies). Now, there is just one thing that keeps as (world) safe. that is democracy in the USA itself. And that stuf is tinner and tinner, not just in the usa but in some other western countries. I'm scared of china or rusia as sole superpower, but it can keep world as safer place. It's balance of power thing that made USA so great country. We need that on global scale.




RE: US superpower...
By masamasa on 8/26/2011 4:51:25 PM , Rating: 3
If you think the US has misused their power, which in some cases is certainly a valid point, they are also one of the only nations to stand up and assist others. Just wait and see what happens when some of these more dubious nations with no ethics and corruption beyond comprehension get power.


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