reply to post by bjarneorn
First of all, China is not showing any interrest in building an attacking force.
That's totally incorrect.
You are mixing orders with intent and military growth. How
you use your military force is what characterizes it as being offensive or
defensive, and defensive usually means smaller
numbers, not bigger
For instance, both Germany and Japan were allowed to have a defensive military force. But, since they were defensive, their numbers were almost 1/10
of what they had previously. The size of your force is what defines what you can do with it, even if you choose not to use it.
As we speak, China is increasing it's military in both size and sophistication.
Most people assume China didn't have a big enough military force to be defensive, but they actually did. They had more than enough troops and
vehicles to secure all their territory. The only problem with them is what is called "projection", the ability to reach other countries with your
That's the only reason why Chinese military is(or was) regarded as defensive. It didn't have any projection capability outside their regional
That is changing.
Japan flags Chinese army's growing role as risk
China boosts defense budget 11 percent after U.S. "pivot"
Japan on Tuesday flagged the Chinese army's growing role in shaping the country's foreign policy as a security risk, saying a sense of caution
exists across East Asia about Beijing's apparent military expansion in the region.
China will boost military spending by 11.2 percent this year, the government said on Sunday, unveiling Beijing's first defense budget since
President Barack Obama launched a policy "pivot" to reinforce U.S. influence across the Asia-Pacific.
The increase announced by parliament spokesman Li Zhaoxing will bring official outlays on the People's Liberation Army (PLA) to 670.3 billion yuan
($110 billion) for 2012, after a 12.7 percent increase last year and a near-unbroken string of double-digit rises across two
Although it's still very far from what the U.S. spends, it's a serious demonstration that China is going for it. You don't need to spend billions
upon billions, and increase spending further, just to keep defensive. Especially considering the force they already had.
You increase spending when you want more, and more means offensive.
Want an example of that? Which country has been waging more offensive wars in the past decade or two (morality and effectiveness of the wars is not
being addressed)? The U.S....
Which is the country with the biggest increase in military spending in recent years? The U.S....
It's one of those things of "1+1=2".
China has only bought one aircraft carrier from Russia. A used one ... if China wanted to establish such force, it would obviously build one
itself ... but instead, it has bought one ready made, for the purpose of studying it's capabilities.
You are not talking about buying a car...
An aircraft carrier is provably one of the most advanced and complex pieces of engineering that we've ever built. You can't just wake up and say "I
want an aircraft carrier today". The Russians and the Americans spent decades perfecting them, and unless you want to be wiped out in a battle, you
need to keep up with modern warships.
Buying a used - but still modern - carrier means that they just gained access to a perfect example of "how to build and aircraft carrier". Without
spending billions, mind you. Russians are experts in making complex vehicles with a price-stamp of rain...
They can study and analyze structural weak and strong points, stress points where it can fracture, and so on. The Chinese are known to pick up
something other countries/companies developed, and building them with half the cost and twice the number.
They didn't buy the carrier to use it, they bought it so they could learn enough to make their own. Exactly the same thing they are doing with
aircrafts and other vehicles.
And aircraft carriers aren't defensive. They are an offensive force. For defense you just need airfields around your country...