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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: History isn't always bunk.
By drycrust3 on 8/26/2011 7:28:54 PM , Rating: 2
If you have ever discussed the Black and Tans with Irish, you will realise that they hold a lot of justifiable resentment about the way they were treated, regardless of how much justification the British government of the time may have felt it had.
In fact, it wouldn't surprise me if the decisions for the British government regarding the Boxer rebellion influenced those who made the decisions regarding the Black and Tans. In both cases lack of discipline by the troops was evident, and the relevant events are still remembered to this day by the Irish and Chinese.
While the hostage situation in Beijing may seem justification for the invasion in your sight, we only see that event in isolation, not as an outcome to events that took place beforehand.
The fact is if this was just a rescue attempt then why was the outcome of it followed by lots of rape, murder, looting, desecrations and destructions of important buildings, mass executions, and the forcing of a treaty upon them that China wouldn't otherwise have agreed to?
Like it or not, China believes it is justified in having a strong military, and as I said before, they won't see why they need to justify that to anyone except themselves.

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