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A warship from the United States docked Tuesday in central Vietnam where the former foes planned to conduct navy training, in a sign of growing military ties amid new warnings from China for the U.S. to stay out of its backyard.
The USS John S. McCain's port call comes as the U.S. and Vietnam celebrate 15 years of normalized diplomatic relations following a bloody war that remains an open wound for many veterans. The two governments, while ideologically different, have embraced on a number of issues, including a recent stance against China's territorial claims over the South China Sea.
Originally posted by CynicalM
reply to post by Vitchilo
China needs to expand. They don't have the land or resources to continue their current population growth and the Chinese peoples want of all things western..
They are a sleeping giant..India is close...
A Chinese general said U.S. plans to send a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to the Yellow Sea may lead to retaliation from China, the biggest foreign holder of Treasuries.
"Imagine what the consequence will be if China’s biggest debtor nation challenges its creditor nation," Major General Luo Yuan, deputy secretary general of the People’s Liberation Army Academy of Military Sciences, wrote in an editorial today in the state-controlled English-language Global Times.
Originally posted by hinky
China's in no position to tell the US to stay out of international waters. They have no deep water navy to speak of.
10 to 15 years from now may be a different story, but today, it's nothing but talk.
Vietnam and China are not the great neighbors one would think. As I recall, they had a border skirmish in the late 60's (during the Vietnam war) then a couple of naval exchanges in the 70's over a couple of different islands.
The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or PLA Navy) (simplified Chinese: 中国人民解放军海军; traditional Chinese: 中國人民解放軍海軍; pinyin: Zhōngguó Rénmín Jiěfàngjūn Hǎijūn) is the naval branch of the People's Liberation Army (PLA), the military of the People's Republic of China. Until the early 1990s, the navy performed a subordinate role to the PLA Land Forces. Since then, it has undergone rapid modernisation. It is currently the second largest naval service in the world after the United States Navy. With a personnel strength of over 250,000, the PLAN also includes the 35,000 strong Coastal Defense Force and the 56,000 man Naval infantry/Marines, plus a 56,000 PLAN Aviation naval air arm operating several hundred land-based aircraft and ship-based helicopters. As part of its overall program of naval modernization, the PLAN has a plan of developing a blue-water navy.
Originally posted by DaMod
Are you sure about that? Also click on the source and scroll down. There is an Inventory of the current Chinese Navy
[edit on 10-8-2010 by DaMod]