posted on May, 3 2011 @ 12:06 PM
reply to post by ariel bender
That's 2% of it's GDP and when you consider the cost of manufacturing there compared to the west it becomes a huge factor.
And this is what kind of cargo vessel?
The Tilting "Military balance"
by Richard Cleary
Yesterday’s release of IISS’ The Military Balance 2011 does much to affirm the conclusions of the white paper published earlier this week by the
Defending Defense project, a joint effort of AEI, the Heritage Foundation and the Foreign Policy Initiative. The Defending Defense study reviews
advancing PRC capabilities and considers the effect of China’s rapid build-up in the Western Pacific, a critical commercial and geopolitical commons
for the United States and our allies. The report attributes Chinese assertiveness in part to American indecisiveness, which has encouraged
increasingly confrontational behavior by the PRC. The Defending Defense team closes by prescribing a way forward: investment in specific defense
programs as a means of restraining Chinese behavior and reassuring our allies in the region.
While affirming the conclusions of the Defending Defense paper, the IISS report goes farther still, identifying “persuasive evidence that a global
redistribution of military power is underway” from Western countries to Eastern ones. This shift is due not only to increased spending in
non-Western countries like China, but also declining defense spending- particularly in procurement programs- in countries like the United States,
France and Britain.
Most unsettling is the prediction made by IISS Chief Executive John Chipman in remarks after the report’s release: China is set to reach military
parity with the United States in 15 to 20 years. Beyond the fact that the United States has relied on material superiority in every conflict since the
end of the Cold War, Chipman’s prediction is disconcerting for two reasons. First, overall military parity, though important, does not take into
account the balance of power in the Western Pacific, which is likely to shift much more quickly in China’s favor (with far-reaching consequences for
the US and its allies). Second- and Chipman hints at this- the timeline necessary for procurement programs to reach maturity means the decisions made
today will determine American military readiness far in the future, as the People’s Liberation Army, Navy and Air Force expand and
edit on 3-5-2011 by palg1 because: (no reason given)