Originally posted by weirdguy
I agree that America has a more potent capability and by now have a very large pool
of combat hardened troops. But I don't think it would'nt take much for China to arm up
they have the industrial might to do it.
China is not backward, don't underestimate them.
China is incredibly backward. I bet you bought into the 'China-hype' too.
I wont be too hard on you, however, you should probably look into things a bit more. for instance, Chinas economy. The growth is not sustainable at
all. The growth is predicated around fixed investment...which represents/accounts for 60% of Chinas GDP today. In other words, 60% of Chinas GDP today
is artificial! 30% of Chinas GDP is based on consumerism...which is actually less than it was in the year 2000. It has been declining year by year.
So, to best summarize the Chinese economy...if the US massages economic numbers, the Chinese straight up torture them! Their way too dependent on
growth in both exports and fixed investments. In fact, its likely that when the fixed investment stops, China will suffer a deep recession/correction,
followed by slow protracted growth for years to come. They are in fact a bubble economy. Look to Japan of the 1980's to see what Im talking about. Its
been tried and failed again and again.
The PLA deploys the world's largest ground force, currently totaling some 1.6 million personnel, or about 70 percent of the PLA's total
manpower (2.3 million).
China could field a 10 million man army, but it wont do dick if they cannot supply, and resupply them. This is where logistics comes in, and to this
day, the US is the only nation to master logistics. To quote a soviet general. "The US invented logistics!"
This is Chinas biggest issue, that and their weapons are not of the best quality.
According to the Pentagon, China is currently developing kinetic-energy weapons, high-powered lasers, high-powered microwave weapons,
particle-beam weapons, and electromagnetic pulse weapons with its increase of military fundings
They sound capable enough to me, peace
Really? They "sound" capable enough based upon highly speculative weapons that are being developed
Or did you mean that they are in the "process" of being "capable" enough? Look, I don't want to get into a pissing contest here, thats not what this
thread is about. I also don't want to come off as the blind flag waving American either. Believe me, I know my country has issues. But in regards to
the above, the only country to actually field evidence and working prototypes of the above items is America. And for the record, I do not doubt that
other countries are working on these systems. However, given Americas financial clout, and ingenuity, I think its suffice to say that America is the
one ahead of the curve. And if you want to have your mind blown even further, go over to the DARPA website, its bat # insane the things they are
coming up with! totally blows everything we're talking about out of the water!
U.S. Navy Successfully Uses Laser to Shoot Down Drones
The USN could have lasers as well as
adorning their ships by as
early as the 2020's.
Boeing's new laser cannon can melt a hole in a tank from five miles away and 10,000 feet up—and it’s ready to fly this year
There is even talk that as the lasers become smaller and more powerful, they could be fitted on the F22 and F35 for defensive as well as offensive
purposes. And these are the weapon systems that they let us know about!
I could go on and on, but I think you get the point. You have to understand that the US pumps so much into these programs...The US military R&D budget
alone tops the $80 billion mark. We spend as much (and more) on lasers and other "trinkets" as some nations spend on their entire military's! Also,
while the US military budget is quite high ($700 billion) it represents only about 4 to 5% of our GDP.
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