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China: a force fit for a superpower

China: a force fit for a superpower
The technology and firepower of the People’s Liberation Army are growing so fast that observers are no longer curious but concerned, says Malcolm Moore.
Chinese Navy training in the East China Sea

Malcolm Moore, The Telegraph
By Malcolm Moore 7:28PM GMT 10 Jan 2011

It has been a month to remember for the top brass of China’s People’s Liberation Army. While other armies fret about their funding, China’s generals have unveiled three major new weapons that could challenge the military supremacy of the United States and provide the firepower to underline China’s superpower status.

In a dry dock in the northern city of Dalian, smoke has begun to billow from the chimneys of the Shi Lang, a hulking Soviet-era ship that China bought from Russia and has refitted to become its first aircraft carrier. Named after a Qing dynasty admiral, the

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  • Comment of user 'panzerkilla' has been deleted by author (after account deletion)!
    • Good point, alright!
      The japanese have been defended by us long enough. And it's just a matter of 5, 10 or 20 years before the Chinamen actually USE all that military power they've been frantically building up.
      Historically, nations simply DO NOT go to the massive trouble and expense of creating a very powerful military - unless they intend to USE IT.

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    • bad move, up until now chinese military growth hasnt had a direction to concentrate on other than the US. unleashing japan from its pacifist constitution would be seen by the chinese as being the equivalent of putting nazis back into germany in front of israel.

      in essence japan would be fucked, the factors that doomed it in WW2 such as its vulnerability to being blockaded, inadequate natural resources and lower population will doom it again against china.

      seeing as china missed out on the cha More..

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    • Comment of user 'paratrooper5' has been deleted by author (after account deletion)!
    • I do believe that Japans military restrictions is in their constitution and there for it's up to them. I dont see what it would do in the long run though. Maybe you can educate me a little?

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    • If we didn't have 25% of the country being made up of chronically unemployed professional couch potatoes, welfare mooches, section 8 losers, and uneducated illegal immigrants, we wouldn't have this problem to begin with.

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    • Comment of user 'Zardoz003' has been deleted by author (after account deletion)!
    • It's pretty pathetic that you need me to tell you why having 25% of the country sit on their ass and do nothing all day does not help us maintain our superpower status.

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    • Oh I almost forgot.

      Shut up tool.

      LOL

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    • People keep holding on to that argument, but a student of history knows that inter-dependent economies often fight.
      A committed powerful State has the means to create a war economy quickly, and the Chinese fit that bill, just look at their recent history, Mao etc.

      In 1914, most European economies relied on exports to each other, but they still fought...some to the death

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  • I remember another communist country claiming to be our equal in technology and military strength some years ago, yet every time we face their tech on the battlefield its so one-sided.

    The point is: like Russia, China has made many claims about what they have compared to us yet only one of us have proved they have it.

    For example, China claims to have a missile that kills satellites yet they freaked out when we proved that we have one. Why do you think that is?

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  • Wishful thinking from very gullible America haters. China's economy rests on our shoulders, and the shoulders of their billion slaves. And their military...

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    • Comment of user 'nurdmyth' has been deleted by author (after account deletion)!
    • Yeah, 1/7 of all shipping containers that come in to American ports, are from China to Walmart.

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  • bring back our factories back and let see what will happend those greedy companies put our people back to work not chinks

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  • there is only one thing that matters and that is the NUKE super powers can never fight each other

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  • It matters not that the Chinese are investing in their military. What matters is that we find shared values and interests and never put ourselves in a situation where one must lose face or fight.

    The problem I see is an outwardly expansive Chinese foreign policy that centers around controlling the earth's resources. This is what China has been doing in the background, i.e., buying oil companies, expanding their control naval over Asian shipping lanes, etc.

    I see ideology as being less of More..

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    • Comment of user 'Neytiri' has been deleted by author (after account deletion)!
    • Sounds like globalization's less than savory side.

      Some Aussie made out like a bandit by selling out to the Chinese and now you're left holding the bag. The value of the nation along with its identity has been lessened as well.

      This happens here with China's US Agent -- Walmart -- who has made a nice living by killing off American businesses.

      China is screwing the world by keeping their currency artificially low. We're doing all we can (I think) to ensure it doesn't stay that way.

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  • superpower , superpower here we go !

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  • I just had a great idea but no money to try it out. Open a store that only sells American products. Like a Target or Walmart and see how it did. Would people be willing to pay the higher price? I don't know but it would be interesting to see what would happen.

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    • actually not a bad Idea but I think funding would be hard to come by I think I have seen this idea before but it never took off because the backers werent happy

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    • You are right. This and other studies on this have been done. But each time it was done, it came to the same result. Now this is from memory and no, I dont have any links. It boiled down to the money. It made no difference where it was manufactured, but how much they had left over to spend that savings on something else.
      Even when there was a difference in quality, the almighty dollar, ruled. Big companies such as Walmart know this. That is why they rule the world now, ha ha, and your Older Mai More..

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  • Canadia being a socialist country has had good relations with China for decades. We have a very large Asian population which now are happy with China's new direction as opposed to fearing it's communist past. This is awesome. We have ready made cultural links which will allow more immigration of the already plentiful wealthy Chinese.

    When the shit hits the fan we will have China as welcomed trading and political partners that are able to pay more for our plentiful oil and gas. We are already tr More..

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    • Where are you going to get your well service tools? You can go lay down with China but they will never keep you warm.... sorry, you will feel warmth but it will be your own blood as it oozes down your chest when they slit your throat.

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    • I think nurse Ratchet needs to adjust your meds again.

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  • Economic ties trump military power. Wars are so economically damaging to both sides that it is avoided at all costs. China just wants to continue developing for the sake of its own population and be able to guarantee access to the world's resources it needs to dos so.

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  • Any evils China does will be because of the economy American and European conglomerates have provided for them to exploit their oppressed people.

    Capitalism and Communism working together to bring out the worst of both systems.

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    • I'm trying to figure out a situation having to do with China where someone like you could be satisfied.

      The US not dealing with China = No
      The US dealing with China = No
      The US going to war with China = No

      Nope, I couldn't figure a scenario that would work for you. It must be something else.

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    • China is an evil oppressive communist dictatorship who shouldn't be delt with at all until they get thier shit together.

      The only reason they AREN'T treated like Iran or Cuba is because their government lets Western business exploit their workforce that doesn't have any real rights.

      They are doin well because OUR manufacturing base was shipped to China because workers here actually need more than 16 cents an hour, work safety standards and don't tolerate child labor.

      I notice conservatives do More..

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    • Whew...it took me a minute to get over the shrill sound in my head.

      That is a fairly naive and unfair argument you propose there. And I assume you know better than that.

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  • We owe China so much money, they have us by the gonads.

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  • China like Russia are more worried about their own people than anything else

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  • It doesn't really mater and I don't know why they would bother to build a fleet in the first place. But then again it does put even more people to work which they must do to keep peace from within.They have so much cash what else are they gonna spend it on. We are already destroying ourselves from withing. All they have to do is start shipping over cars and that will be the final nail in our collective coffin.

    We will in essence become the slaves of China and lack a industrial complex to comp More..

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  • No worries,China is facing a near crisis as a result of their one child per couple rule and are aging much faster than they are propagating.

    http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2009/10/28/f-rfa-germain.html

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  • Sure am glad the LIBS made sure the whales and dolphins are not harmed now that the active sonar beacons are being restricted on the left coast

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  • They can also hit the US with icbm's now thanks to Bill Clinton.
    When America has a Lib for a prez, it loses, every time.

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