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
At a time
when U.S. defense spending is under pressure, lawmakers are worried about
China's military and space program spending.
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.
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.