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Originally posted by hanshoe
Is not the legitmacy of your government contingent on the fact that you must establish sovernigty over your own territory? If you cant actually do so (as in the case of CHina) due to whatever reasons, you must, or even if u didn't want to, at lesat pledge to do so...(disregarding economical or military reasons)...just for the sake of your own existence!
To put things in perspective. Disregarding the economic and strategic benefits of taiwan (ie: control of one of the worlds most busiest trading traits, buffer zone or control of south china sea--- benefits the dutch and japanese have sought after) the unification of taiwan is imperative to the stability of modern china and survival of the PRC government.
Inevitably, either 'Taiwan' stays, or PR China collapses into internal turmoil and rebellion as an indirect outcome.
Consider the facts;
- Populations of hundreds of millions of migrant works r unemployeed in the mainland and pondering around.
- The income gap is more inequitable than it was before the communists governed...forget the socialist title!! when did socialism ever mean a caved in Lorenz curve?
- GNP is growing rapidly in urban areas, but lesser in rural areas,...or few cases even negative growth. Dont forget that 60% of mainland population are rural residents.
60% bro, is like 1.4billion x 0.6 thats like 0.84 billion, 840 million. probably more than america and Europe combined. I am not saying they are all poor and unemployeed. But if just 30% of them decided that they r left out of the loop and they r fed up (and they do have a right to be considering entry in WTO will decrease grain prices and hence lower income for peasants), that would be mayhem and loss of control for the government.
Now, considering these internal insidious problems, why do u think u hear so often the GNP growth of China...9.3% first quarter? 8% anually?....if the middle class urban population isn't happy with improved living, and obviously the rural population isn't happy and they decide on subversion....the result will be the most catastrophic event in China's history and send the world into a worse economic stagnation than 1930s.
how to avoid it? economical growth, nationalism thru national achievements, and national goals coupled with government legitimacy and territorial sovernigty (ie: taiwan).
chief of state: President CHEN Shui-bian (since 20 May 2000) and Vice President Annette LU (LU Hsiu-lien) (since 20 May 2000)
election results: CHEN Shui-bian elected president;
percent of vote -
CHEN Shui-bian (Democratic Progressive Party) 39.3%
James SOONG (SOONG Chu-yu) (People First Party) 36.84%
LIEN Chan (KMT) 23.1%
HSU Hsin-liang (independent) 0.63%
LEE Ao (Chinese New Party) 0.13%
elections: president and vice president elected on the same ticket by popular vote for four-year terms; election last held 18 March 2000 (next to be held NA March 2004); premier appointed by the president; vice premiers appointed by the president on the recommendation of the premier
Interestingly, the Kuomintang Party (KMT), or Nationalist Party, did not get the majority of the vote in the 2000 election.
Originally posted by roniii259
Ok lets get off politics and back on subject. Have you seen the AIDC CHING KUO INDIGENOUS FIGHTER
Xerxes brought one million men to bear against 100 mighty Spartans and died upon the rocks at Thermopolae... because they believed that numbers mattered more than skill, bravery and knowledge.
they would ask China to fund the Mig-35 project and form a joint program in the MiG-35 production.
because when the UN does something, it really means that the US does it for them
This does NOT mean that the US must do what the UN tells them. Far from it.
Originally posted by mad scientist
There isn't much information on this :
Besides carrying on with the improvement of the J-8 series and the licensed production of the Su-27, the Shenyang Aircraft Company (SAC) is now engaged in preliminary research for the "No. 12" project for the development of the Chinese Air Force's main fighter aircraft for the 21st century. Also known as the "XXJ," this fifth generation PLAAF fighter, is currently projected to enter service in the 2013-2015 timeframe. The aircraft is projected to have a crew of two, is anticipated to be in same class as US F-22 fighter, probably based on significant Russian technical assistance.
The J-12 designation was apparently previously applied to an aircraft built at Nanchang in the late 1970s, with only one or two airframes being constructed prior to the program's cancellation. Said to resemble a scaled-up MiG-15/17, it was in competition with the J-7 and J-8, though with a less robust weapon system.
Originally posted by Amet Khan
Honestly I don't know how the PRC views Taiwan. I mean, sure it would be a fantastic prize for them, economically speaking, to incorporate Taiwan back into red china. But Taiwan would never go for it without a whole ton of negotiations and concessions.
Originally posted by toolmaker
The Dept of Defense in the US asked a retired Marine general to lead the Opposing force in a wargame. The general accepted. he prepared the opposing force using shrewd tactics, low level technology, and simply tricks of the trade. He used federal express to send out orders instead of using communication equipment, that way his orders could not be intercepted, etc. tricks of the trade.
The Retired Marine sank two carriers, warhips, aegis cruisers, wiped out entire air force units, took out army divisions, and would have won the wargame had the Dept of Defense not stopped the scenario and "reset" the wargame to start over. This happened about 18 months ago.
dont place blind trust in technology, its a fools game. you would be far better off reading the writings of Sun Tzu, or the book of five rings. Both of which are excellent writings on war tactics, which is what we are discussing.