Daily Revolt

March 04, 2007

China's Massive Military Build-up Draws Little Concern from U.S.

With all the preocupation with the Iraq, Iran, and the Middle East, there is very little concern about our greatest threat--China. And, of course, the Chinese military are taking advantage by dramatically raising its defense spending:
The United States urged China on Sunday to be more transparent about its military build-up, in response to Beijing's announcement it would boost defense spending by 17.8 percent this year.

Asked if Washington was dissatisfied with the level of detail about China's military spending plans, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte said: "Yes I think that's fair to say.

"I think the point we would make with respect to military spending and military acquisition of various types would be the point about transparency," he told a news conference in Beijing.

Transparency? Is that the best you can say? How about "dangerous" or "threatening."

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