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  1. Default China plans double-digit boost in military spending

    "China will raise its military spending by 11.2 percent in 2012 as the Asian giant worries about the US presence in the region.

    Beijing
    China said Sunday that it would boost its defense spending by 11.2 percent in 2012, the latest in a nearly two-decade string of double-digit increases.

    Although the planned figure is less than last year's 12.7 percent increase, China's military leaders have said they are unhappy with recent moves by the Obama administration to increase the US military presence in the Asia-Pacific region. Only twice since the early 1990s has the increase been less than double digits.

    National People's Congress spokesman, Li Zhaoxing, said China's defense spending would increase by 11.2 percent over actual spending last year to hit 670.2 billion yuan ($106.4 billion) in 2012, an increase of about 67 billion yuan.

    China's official defense spending is the largest in the world after the United States, but actual spending, according to foreign defense experts, may be 50 percent higher, as China excludes outlays for its nuclear missile force and other programs.

    Li, speaking at a news conference a day before the opening of the annual session of the congress, said China's military spending was small as a percentage of gross domestic product compared to other countries, especially the United States.

    "China is committed to the path of peaceful development and follows a national defense policy that is defensive in nature," Li said. "You see, China has 1.3 billion people, a large territory and long coastline, but our defense spending is relatively low compared with other major countries."

    Last year's military spending amounted to 1.28 percent of China's economy, Li said. By contrast, the ratio stood at 4.8 percent for the US in 2010, according to the World Bank.

    The increase in defense spending is part of China' long-term military modernization process, but also is partly spurred by Obama's new emphasis on the Asia-Pacific, said Sarah McDowall, a senior analyst at IHS Jane's, a London-based security consultancy.

    "It is important to note that Beijing views itself as reacting to the increasingly assertive policies of other countries and has repeatedly said that it does not want to provoke military confrontation," McDowall was quoted as saying in a news release.

    Beijing has mounted a robust defense buildup for more than two decades that has transformed the military into a formidable regional force, increasingly able to project power far from China. While chiefly aimed at the US, the buildup is also jangling nerves among Asian rival India and neighbors Japan, Vietnam, and the Philippines, which have maritime disputes with China.

    Mindful of the unease the burgeoning military has created among its neighbors and the opportunity it has given the United States to raise its profile in the region, Li repeated several times that China's intentions are peaceful and defensive.

    "China's limited military strength is aimed at safeguarding sovereignty, national security, and territorial integrity and will not pose a threat to other countries," he said.

    With the huge outlays, the Chinese military's armory include the home-built J-10 jet fighter, new nuclear submarines, and modern surface vessels armed with supersonic anti-ship missiles. Last year, China began testing a new J-20 stealth fighter and launched sea trials of its first aircraft carrier, a refurbished hulk purchased from Ukraine. Cyber-warfare programs are also burgeoning.

    While Beijing insists its military is defensive and is not a threat, defense analysts say the new capabilities are aimed at keeping foreign forces, especially the US, out of the seas and airspace around China. The South China Sea has become a new potential flash point, with Beijing's more powerful navy and an assertive policy to defend contested claims to groups of islands, reefs, and atolls, and the US has declared its own interest in making sure sea lanes remain open.

    Growing Chinese power and East Asia's economic importance is driving neighboring countries to boost defense spending and has prompted the US to redirect defense resources to the region. Washington's moves to rotate new troops to Australia, shore up alliances with other traditional allies Japan and the Philippines while forging new military ties to Vietnam has heightened Beijing's fears of encirclement."

    http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Lates...itary-spending

    Hmmmmmmmmmmm.............

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldMercsRule View Post
    "China will raise its military spending by 11.2 percent in 2012 as the Asian giant worries about the US presence in the region.

    Beijing
    China said Sunday that it would boost its defense spending by 11.2 percent in 2012, the latest in a nearly two-decade string of double-digit increases.

    Although the planned figure is less than last year's 12.7 percent increase, China's military leaders have said they are unhappy with recent moves by the Obama administration to increase the US military presence in the Asia-Pacific region. Only twice since the early 1990s has the increase been less than double digits.

    National People's Congress spokesman, Li Zhaoxing, said China's defense spending would increase by 11.2 percent over actual spending last year to hit 670.2 billion yuan ($106.4 billion) in 2012, an increase of about 67 billion yuan.

    China's official defense spending is the largest in the world after the United States, but actual spending, according to foreign defense experts, may be 50 percent higher, as China excludes outlays for its nuclear missile force and other programs.

    Li, speaking at a news conference a day before the opening of the annual session of the congress, said China's military spending was small as a percentage of gross domestic product compared to other countries, especially the United States.

    "China is committed to the path of peaceful development and follows a national defense policy that is defensive in nature," Li said. "You see, China has 1.3 billion people, a large territory and long coastline, but our defense spending is relatively low compared with other major countries."

    Last year's military spending amounted to 1.28 percent of China's economy, Li said. By contrast, the ratio stood at 4.8 percent for the US in 2010, according to the World Bank.

    The increase in defense spending is part of China' long-term military modernization process, but also is partly spurred by Obama's new emphasis on the Asia-Pacific, said Sarah McDowall, a senior analyst at IHS Jane's, a London-based security consultancy.

    "It is important to note that Beijing views itself as reacting to the increasingly assertive policies of other countries and has repeatedly said that it does not want to provoke military confrontation," McDowall was quoted as saying in a news release.

    Beijing has mounted a robust defense buildup for more than two decades that has transformed the military into a formidable regional force, increasingly able to project power far from China. While chiefly aimed at the US, the buildup is also jangling nerves among Asian rival India and neighbors Japan, Vietnam, and the Philippines, which have maritime disputes with China.

    Mindful of the unease the burgeoning military has created among its neighbors and the opportunity it has given the United States to raise its profile in the region, Li repeated several times that China's intentions are peaceful and defensive.

    "China's limited military strength is aimed at safeguarding sovereignty, national security, and territorial integrity and will not pose a threat to other countries," he said.

    With the huge outlays, the Chinese military's armory include the home-built J-10 jet fighter, new nuclear submarines, and modern surface vessels armed with supersonic anti-ship missiles. Last year, China began testing a new J-20 stealth fighter and launched sea trials of its first aircraft carrier, a refurbished hulk purchased from Ukraine. Cyber-warfare programs are also burgeoning.

    While Beijing insists its military is defensive and is not a threat, defense analysts say the new capabilities are aimed at keeping foreign forces, especially the US, out of the seas and airspace around China. The South China Sea has become a new potential flash point, with Beijing's more powerful navy and an assertive policy to defend contested claims to groups of islands, reefs, and atolls, and the US has declared its own interest in making sure sea lanes remain open.

    Growing Chinese power and East Asia's economic importance is driving neighboring countries to boost defense spending and has prompted the US to redirect defense resources to the region. Washington's moves to rotate new troops to Australia, shore up alliances with other traditional allies Japan and the Philippines while forging new military ties to Vietnam has heightened Beijing's fears of encirclement."

    http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Lates...itary-spending

    Hmmmmmmmmmmm.............
    Chinese military spending is projected at 100 Billion in 2012.

    Total US Military spending is 700 Billion and this increases to 900 Billion if you include Total Defense spending.

    http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/...ending_30.html

    It would make sense that the Chinese are worried.
    Last edited by Giftedone; Mar 04 2012 at 04:15 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giftedone View Post
    Chinese military spending is projected at 100 Billion in 2012.

    Total US Military spending is 700 Billion and this increases to 900 Billion if you include Total Defense spending.

    http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/...ending_30.html

    It would make sense that the Chinese are worried.
    The Chinese are not going into debt to fund their military. They have plenty of money. America on the other hand would prefer to bankrupt itself so that it can have the best military.
    Last edited by The Third Man; Mar 04 2012 at 05:05 PM.

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    I guess you guys are rootin' for those guys eh?

    Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldMercsRule View Post
    I guess you guys are rootin' for those guys eh?

    Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet
    What would give you that idea ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giftedone View Post
    Chinese military spending is projected at 100 Billion in 2012.

    Total US Military spending is 700 Billion and this increases to 900 Billion if you include Total Defense spending.

    http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/...ending_30.html

    It would make sense that the Chinese are worried.
    Of course, most of the U.S. budget is on personnel while the bulk of the Chinese budget is for weapons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giftedone View Post
    What would give you that idea ?
    Their werds.

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    What are they preparing themselves for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Third Man View Post
    The Chinese are not going into debt to fund their military. They have plenty of money. America on the other hand would prefer to bankrupt itself so that it can have the best military.
    Why shouldn't we have the best, most powerful, advanced and high tech military on the planet?

    last I checked world peace and total global disarmament was still about 1000 years away.

    Also, how is our mere presence in the region a threat to China unless they actually have something bad planned for our allies in the region.

    We have no desire to attack China, but to defend against their possible aggression.

    They are the offense in this one, not us. We can move forces anywhere on the planet we wish and no one should be building up forces against it becuase we are not a threat to anyone who doesn't send airplanes flying into our skyscrapers or threatens our most important trading partners.\
    Last edited by SiliconMagician; Mar 05 2012 at 01:09 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiliconMagician View Post
    Why shouldn't we have the best, most powerful, advanced and high tech military on the planet?
    The thing is with borrowing to buy things that you cannot afford you have to pay it back. I am not bothered if America wants the most advanced military in the world but the fact is they cannot afford it and are just lining themselves up for a huge fall economically. They need to save money not spend more.They could easily defend themselves without spending so much money. You do not see anyone attacking China and they spend about a 7th of what America spends.

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