The Chinese rattle their sabres (again)

From the BBC:

US reports China missile build-up

By Adam Brookes
BBC News, Pentagon

China has deployed up to 730 short-range ballistic missiles on its coast opposite Taiwan, the US defence department says.

Another 100 missiles are being deployed every year, it says.

In an annual report to Congress, the Pentagon says China could now be spending up to $90bn a year on defence.

China's military build-up puts regional balances at risk, the Pentagon says, adding that this military modernisation is aimed at winning a war with Taiwan.

The defence department concludes that China does not face a threat from any other nation. Yet, says its report, China continues to invest heavily in its military.

China is also developing the capability to launch air strikes and mount a blockade against the island and Chinese planners are looking for ways of delaying any intervention by the US in a cross-strait conflict, the Pentagon says.

'Credible threat'

The balance of power across the Taiwan Strait, says the report, is shifting in Beijing's favour.

But the Pentagon also believes that China's strategic planners are looking beyond Taiwan. The report points to China's growing missile capability and the imminent deployment of mobile, long-range, ballistic missiles, known as DF31s, which could hit targets worldwide with nuclear warheads.

The Chinese navy has bought into service advanced guided missile destroyers, submarines and fighter aircraft, bought from Russia.

Over the long term, says the Pentagon, if current trends persist, the Chinese military could pose a credible threat to other modern militaries operating in the region.

That is code for American forces in Asia.

The drafting of this report has been a contentious process, reflecting divisions in Washington between those who view Chinese power as a serious emerging threat and those who take a more benign view.

But the final product is a document tough in substance and in tone which will do little or nothing to reassure those Americans who worry about China's intentions.
Apart from the fact that the Chinese do this every year as part of their 'Red Dawn' exercise season, I can't help but feel that the world instantly switches off whenever a US report alerts people to threat posed by so-and-so's missile capability. After all, they've been fed that particular lie before and willingly swallowed it.

The story is here.
A threat? Who didn't see that coming.

Haven't we sent a British military delegation to meet with the Chinese army leaders just recently?
Coming on the heels of Major General Zhu Chenghu's "personal" comments re the targeting of the PRC's nuclear arsenal if the US attacks the PRC in defence of Taiwan, this report has caused ripples in this part of the world. In the Asia Pac region, posturing is a way of life and as in all international relationships, "personal" comments are often used to see what reaction an idea will cause. It also needs to be seen in relation to economic development: International investment banks are throwing huge amounts of money at securing access to the PRC 'closed' financial system. At the same time, money is flooding into Taiwan as banks, in typical fashion, hedge their bets. By making constant threats against the stability of Taiwan, the PRC can 'encourage' some of the more conservative banks to invest their currency with the likely winner of any military conflict rather than with the 'plucky underdog'.
The US gave China the ability to spend that '$90bn a year on defence' when under President Clinton they made China a 'most favoured trading nation'.
Much of the US manufacturing Industry has picked up and moved, lock stock and barrel to set up shop in China.
'most favoured trading nation'. and Membership of W T O and now everyones complaining about cheap Chinese goods.
From time to time I get asked to invest in sum bar cum whatever and if in a polite mood say, I am no Businessman.
Even I knew that give the Chinese a level playing field they would murder the compatition.
A $ a day would be good money in the west of China, very good money. Like India, China has a lot of very rich men and about a billion poverty stricken pesants.
Internal revolt and it will cum.
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