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Originally posted by drfunk
The security buildup is little different to what we saw at the RNC, DNC and at Bush's inauguration : the use of state police forces to protect greedy politicians that are no better than criminals and corporate lackeys in the name of national security. The funny thing is China's Free Speech Zones are on Taiwan!
The only reason China is ratcheting up the sabre rattling is because the US and Japan are sabre rattling along with Taiwan after decades of a one china policy, very dangerous and foolish politics.
The US can't ensure Taiwan's security forever, the odds are against them. Taiwan is an internal matter and is considered by the beijing government their issue only nobody elses.
This is actually a small increase compared with previous years, for over a decade the Chinese defence budget has usually always increased by double digits. This is nothing new. As for the defence department using it to increase wages, I wouldn't be surprised if they do increase them but not all the increase will be going to that.
Originally posted by Phugedaboudet
So on one side you toe the liberal party line and throw in the obligatory knee-jerk "blame Bush for all evil in the world" line.
While next admitting that their increase is less than usual under our current Administration, while describing how a decade ago their increase in military spending (even while Billy gives them favored nation status) was much much higher.
But, hey, it's China. It's okay for them to have decades of buildup for offensive capability. Just like it's okay for every other nation to do so..except the US. We're special, we're eeeevil.
It also helps to remember that China doesn't really need Taiwan, this is nothing more than a matter of pride between one group of old men wishing to control another. China also has it's own stability problems internally right now. Pulling troops away from internal pacification means there may not be a single Chinese nation to lay claim to Taiwan anyways. As most of my former Chinese , Vietnamese and Korean co-workers believe, very soon China will mcuh more resemble the fragmented, constantly warring provinces it did before world war II.