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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 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....


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