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12-31-2010 07:00 AM  7 years agoPost 1
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/wor...-direction.html

China is preparing for conflict 'in every direction', the defence minister said on Wednesday in remarks that threaten to overshadow a visit to Beijing by his US counterpart next month.

By Peter Foster, Beijing 1:30PM GMT 29 Dec 2010

"In the coming five years, our military will push forward preparations for military conflict in every strategic direction," said Liang Guanglie in an interview published by several state-backed newspapers in China. "We may be living in peaceful times, but we can never forget war, never send the horses south or put the bayonets and guns away," Mr Liang added.

China repeatedly says it is planning a "peaceful rise" but the recent pace and scale of its military modernisation has alarmed many of its neighbours in the Asia-Pacific, including Japan which described China's military build-up as a "global concern" this month.

Mr Liang's remarks come at a time of increasingly difficult relations between the Chinese and US armed forces which a three-day visit by his counterpart Robert Gates is intended to address. A year ago China froze substantive military relations in protest at US arms sales to Taiwan and relations deteriorated further this summer when China objected to US plans to deploy one of its nuclear supercarriers, the USS George Washington, into the Yellow Sea off the Korean peninsula.

China also announced this month that it was preparing to launch its own aircraft carrier next year in a signal that China is determined to punch its weight as a rising superpower. The news came a year earlier than many US defence analysts had predicted.

China is also working on a "carrier-killing" ballistic missile that could sink US carriers from afar, fundamentally reordering the balance of power in a region that has been dominated by the US since the end of the Second World War.

A US Navy commander, Admiral Robert Willard, told Japan's Asahi Shimbun newspaper this week that he believes the Chinese anti-ship missile, the Dong Feng 21, has already achieved "initial operational capability", although it would require years of testing.

Analysts remain divided over whether China is initiating an Asian arms race. Even allowing for undeclared spending, China's annual defence budget is still less than one-sixth of America's $663bn a year, or less than half the US figure when expressed as a percentage of GDP.

However in a speech earlier this year Mr Gates warned that China's new weapons, including its carrier-killing missile, "threaten America's primary way to project power and help allies in the Pacific", underscoring the difficulties that lie ahead as China and the US seek to contain growing strategic frictions.

As China modernises, Mr Liang pledged that its armed forces would also increasingly use homegrown Chinese technology, which analysts say still lags behind Western technology even as China races to catch up.

"The modernisation of the Chinese military cannot depend on others, and cannot be bought," Mr Liang added, "In the next five years, our economy and society will develop faster, boosting comprehensive national power. We will take the opportunity and speed up modernisation of the military."

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12-31-2010 07:06 AM  7 years agoPost 2
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"The modernisation of the Chinese military cannot depend on others, and cannot be bought," Mr Liang added, "In the next five years, our economy and society will develop faster, boosting comprehensive national power. We will take the opportunity and speed up modernisation of the military."
All the more reason for "Peace Through Fire Power".

Make more, better, and bigger guns.

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12-31-2010 07:26 AM  7 years agoPost 3
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12-31-2010 10:51 AM  7 years agoPost 4
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Lets hope they dont fight like they work,there are a lot of them. I often wonder,is an inferior intercontinental nuclear weapon any less dangerous than a more sophisticated unit if there are a lot of them?Only takes a few to reek havoc.In a conventional war i think the west would be awakening a sleeping giant.Keeping your weapons manufacture in house is a very smart move,even if you just buy the wests best and reverse engineer it,all the development work has been paid for by someone else.Wonder how many think the chinese would be a pushover and be home for christmas just like in world war 2 when soldiers were told the Japanese could not fight.Strange thing is,the west seems hell bent on making Asia number one.All the factories are there for the cheap labour.

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12-31-2010 11:02 AM  7 years agoPost 5
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12-31-2010 01:19 PM  7 years agoPost 6
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I won't be that worried unless Obama pulls a Clinton and starts selling the Chinese the plans for our weapons.
Then they could start producing something besides crappy copies of crappie Russian stuff.
Even now as we learned in Korea a land battle with them would be no fun!

Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about!

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12-31-2010 02:19 PM  7 years agoPost 7
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correct me if I'm wrong: there's just something about all this that does not make sense.

It's not like Germany at the beginning of WWII. Then you had a self sufficient country who rose up in arms and took everyone on etc. . .

China can't be like that, because it DEPENDS on other countries for its prosperity. You don't kill the goose that lays the golden egg.

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12-31-2010 02:36 PM  7 years agoPost 8
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Who says that China will start anything?They might be provoked ?Who can say.They also had the Russians as allies in Korea flying MiGs.

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12-31-2010 02:43 PM  7 years agoPost 9
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my point is that no one is in any position to actually "do anything" since they're so dependent on each other.

It's not like the Middle East where everyone's really in it for the oil, and screw the general population etc. . .

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12-31-2010 03:05 PM  7 years agoPost 10
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China and Russia have plenty of oil,but can defend themselves unlike Iraq who are not in the same league so their oil is up for grabs. The oil in Iran is pretty tempting too.

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12-31-2010 03:32 PM  7 years agoPost 11
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my point is that no one is in any position to actually "do anything" since they're so dependent on each other.
This is true. The best way to insure world peace is through global commerce. No one is going to attack a country that they benefit from trading with. It just wouldn't make any sense as it would hurt all countries involved.

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12-31-2010 05:12 PM  7 years agoPost 12
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I think too that we have to remember that China has never really strived to expand their borders. Without us consuming their crappy goods, they're dead. Russia is still the threat to global peace, with N. Korea and Iran waiting in the wings.
I say we're better off with them spending their money on their military rather than building more factories and stealing more of our jobs.

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12-31-2010 05:40 PM  7 years agoPost 13
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This is true. The best way to insure world peace is through global commerce. No one is going to attack a country that they benefit from trading with. It just wouldn't make any sense as it would hurt all countries involved.
Yup, good old commerce along with lots and lots of bigger and better guns with the people able to shoot them.

There is no better way to preserve peace.

Except with terrorists. That is a whole different issue. Before they kill us, we just have to keep killing them until they get tired of dying. Only then can we claim victory over them. Its going to be a very, very long battle with them.

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12-31-2010 05:44 PM  7 years agoPost 14
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Except with terrorists. That is a whole different issue. Before they kill us, we just have to keep killing them until they get tired of dying. Only then can we claim victory over them. Its going to be a very, very long battle with them.
I still say my solution is best. Put a fence around the middle east, nobody goes in or out, and air drop in all of the small arms and ammo we can scrounge and let them kill each other off.

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12-31-2010 05:47 PM  7 years agoPost 15
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tell me, Dennis, when did you get so f#$@@ in the head and totally brainwashed?

was it the priest at the altar or something all those decades ago? because I just can't fathom the total utter crass junk that comes out of your mouth.

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12-31-2010 05:49 PM  7 years agoPost 16
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tell me, Dennis, when did you get so f#$@@ in the head and totally brainwashed?

was it the priest at the altar or something all those decades ago? because I just can't fathom the total utter crass junk that comes out of your mouth.
Well heck.

The same back to you sks. Lets here your solutions.

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12-31-2010 05:53 PM  7 years agoPost 17
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I've never been in a church, and I've never met any priests. Sorry.

all this Muslim paranoia does nobody any good. You're being played by your media - of that you should be totally and utterly ashamed.

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12-31-2010 05:56 PM  7 years agoPost 18
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ummm no, considering the pandering of the English government to the rags, it's YOU that should be ashamed. Go ahead and let more of them in and let us know in a few more years how that turns out for you.

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12-31-2010 06:00 PM  7 years agoPost 19
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I still say my solution is best. Put a fence around the middle east, nobody goes in or out, and air drop in all of the small arms and ammo we can scrounge and let them kill each other off.
yeah, that right.

Never mind that fact that probably 99% of the population are just humans like you and me and just want to live and enjoy life as anyone else. They didn't ASK for this. Get that, they DIDN'T ASK for it.
considering the pandering of the English government to the rags
I'm not pandering to them. It's just that they've been missrepresented, demonized as it were.

Maybe that Wikileaks guy does deserve a Nobel Peace Prize after all, and for once it might be well deserved, unlike Kissinger's case.

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12-31-2010 06:12 PM  7 years agoPost 20
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all this Muslim paranoia does nobody any good. You're being played by your media - of that you should be totally and utterly ashamed.
Muslim paranoia ???

Radical Muslims did attack us on 9/11 and killed almost 3000 totally innocent people. There seem to be a lot of folks that forget that.

Maybe paranoia is not a good word.

I would say "Kick Their Frickin A##" would be a better word.
Never mind that fact that probably 99% of the population are just humans like you and me and just want to live and enjoy life as anyone else. They didn't ASK for this. Get that, they DIDN'T ASK for it.
Those 3000 innocent people on 9/11 did not ask for what they got either.

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