U.S. seeks to curb China's military might

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U.S. seeks to curb China's military might

Postby DP on Thu Feb 02, 2006 3:26 am

<!--EZCODE QUOTE START--><blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon is seeking to dissuade China from building its military forces to a level not warranted by its security needs, and the issue is addressed in a new long-term Pentagon plan, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday. <br>
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Ryan Henry, principal deputy undersecretary of defense for policy, said Washington wanted to make sure the Chinese "have the forces necessary to provide for their genuine security needs and not to go beyond that." He gave no further details.<br>
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He said the matter was addressed in the Quadrennial Defense Review, a blueprint for changes to U.S. strategy and forces due to be sent to Congress on Monday with President Bush's fiscal 2007 budget.<br>
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The Bush administration frequently has voiced concern about China's growing military spending. After as many as 17 years of double-digit defense spending increases, China is currently spending two to three times more than the $30 billion publicly announced as its defense budget, U.S. officials estimate.<br>
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According to a draft of the review made available by InsideDefense.com, a trade publication, the Pentagon is calling for a range of new weapons and capabilities "to help shape the choices of countries at strategic crossroads."<br>
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Michael Pillsbury, an advisor to the Pentagon who is author of two National Defense University books on the Chinese military, said the U.S. goal was to discourage China and Russia among others from sinking large sums into "offensive, first-strike systems."<br>
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Henry, who advises Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on military strategy and national security policy, said the United States wanted China "to make what we would view as the right sort of choices, and that is addressed in the QDR."<br>
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He made his remarks at an event sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a private research group, to preview in general terms the Pentagon review, which is mandated by Congress once every four years.<br>
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The United States is eager to head off any showdown with China over Taiwan, the self-governing island off China's coast over which Beijing claims sovereignty and has vowed to attack if it formally declares independence.<br>
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President George W. Bush vowed in April 2000 to do whatever it took to help Taiwan defend itself if attacked, although his position has become more ambiguous as the administration maneuvers to forestall any possible conflict.<br>
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Policy toward China is only one part of the report, which looks at U.S. defense strategy over the next 20 years.<br>
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According to the draft, which may have been subject to changes, the Pentagon wants to boost U.S. special operations forces by 15 percent and the number of special operations battalions by one-third as part of the U.S.-declared war on terrorism declared by Bush after the September 11 attacks.<br>
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It outlined Pentagon plans to beef up homeland security and expand forces whose role is to prevent terrorists getting chemical, nuclear or biological weapons.<br>
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In the Pacific, the U.S. Navy will add at least one aircraft carrier strike group and maintain 60 percent of its submarines, the draft said.<br>
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In addition, the Navy is to double the number of attack submarines it buys to two a year by 2012.<br>
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The Air Force is to bring forward by nearly 20 years its plan for a new long-range strike capability, according to the draft. The vice chairman of the joint chiefs, Adm. Edmund Giambastiani said this would be a "mixed bag" including aircraft and missiles.<hr></blockquote><!--EZCODE QUOTE END--><br>
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Re: U.S. seeks to curb China's military might

Postby soonverysoon on Thu Feb 02, 2006 7:49 am

How is it we have a right to tell China what to do?<br>
I don't want them to have a big military but when did we become the boss of the world?<br>
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Re: U.S. seeks to curb China's military might

Postby DP on Thu Feb 02, 2006 8:08 am

<!--EZCODE QUOTE START--><blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr>when did we become the boss of the world?<hr></blockquote><!--EZCODE QUOTE END--><br>
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July 4, 1776? <!--EZCODE EMOTICON START :hehe --><img src=http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/4/4_1_6.gif ALT=":hehe"><!--EZCODE EMOTICON END--> <p>---------------<br>
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Re: U.S. seeks to curb China's military might

Postby soonverysoon on Thu Feb 02, 2006 9:47 am

Quote: July 4, 1776<br>
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Oh, yes I forgot!<!--EZCODE EMOTICON START :rolllaughing --><img src=http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/36/36_11_6.gif ALT=":rolllaughing"><!--EZCODE EMOTICON END--> <br>
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