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China to increase defense spending by 11.2% in 2012

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China has always been afraid of encirclement, but things are a little different now with the rise of their military. Seems to be a circular trap that all sides might be falling into.

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Dragon Year - Dragon Power China !

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How much did the cost of maintaining China's army increase?

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Time for Okinawans to flip-flop again on the American presence.

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Heck, they have to counter the Yank military threat.

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Defense?

What does defense mean?

Who does China need to defend itself against?

The U.S.A.

Who does the U.S.A. need to defend itself against?

China.

Isn't there something wrong with this argument?

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What is wrong joninnaha is that America was never threatened by China. It has always been America in China's face and not the other way around. The American military is literally all over the globe. China's forces are no where near America. America outspends all other nations combined on military spending. America outspends China by something like six times and this increase won't make a dent in that figure.

Yet, for decades now, American talking heads have been screaming about the threat from China. Its amazing the power of totally empty words!

I am sure that China's military spending will keep increasing though, because if any lesson has been learned these last few decades, its that when it comes to China's land disputes, might makes right. Who taught them those lessons? Japan and America. Should have given back Diaoyu a long time ago. It might not even be too late yet. But if Japan and America keep it up with the might makes right lesson, China will learn it eventually.

Its going to be a long time before China is any position to take their rocks back. I sincerely hope it does not come to that.

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American military spending is obscene!

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Uber-Rich of this world, Arab princes, Saudi oilmen, Europe's elite, China newest multi-billionaires, Israel's Elites, Old Money Americans, Brazilian mega-billionaires, all, shareholders in the MIC (Military Industrial Complex) and they wish to "churn" the pot, to increase the "skim" the dividends in the companies that comprise the MIC, they live off of others, on the dividends paid by the corporations that manufacture the weapons of war for the world. American financial history clearly indicates that this was so for WWII, and very profitably so, for the very richest of American families, shareholders in these corporations in war. This is an old game now being re-played this time with China. This is how America survives now that the "low hanging fruit" of North America - the easy gold, the forests, the fertile fields of America are gone. Chinese Uber -Rich will use political influence to cause arms build-up, putting money into both Chinese War-corporations and American ones, knowing full well one forces the other to grow! This is racketeering on a world scale, just as was done by Germany and the U.S. at Britain's expense in the WWII situation.

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Some of the comments here are just weird.

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Said by someone who benefits from the stability provided by the American military.

The last time the U.S. military gave the world stability was when it was the major part of ending WWII. How many wars have there been since then? How many right now? How many terror attacks since then? And the terror attack that trumped them all? 9/11! Where? America! Why? Because of the U.S. military presence in one certain foreign country among many.

You call this stability?

China is not at war except for technically. China has not been at war for a while now. But why is China now gearing up for war? American military in their face! Again, you call this stability?

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hot_dog_dynastyMar. 04, 2012 - 09:29PM JST What is wrong joninnaha is that America was never threatened by China. It has always been America in China's >face and not the other way around.

Whatr's wrong with your argument is that the United States has an obligation to defend it;s allies. China of course has no real allies other than the wackjob North Korean regime. Furher,ore, the United States is not stewpping on anubody's toes with territorial arguments whereas China has 17 argugumehts with it;s Asian nerighbors because it has a military and territorial expansion agenda. Yes the Amerucan military is all over the gobe, because the hosat nations want the to be there. Who in their right minds would want the Chinese PLA in their country? Just look at Tibet.

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This is exactly the same as the USA did to break the USSR. Outspend the USA with the dollars it lent to it until the country is bankrupt, which is just about where the USA is now.

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Whatr's wrong with your argument is that the United States has an obligation to defend it;s allies.

By way of agitating her allies' enemies with spy flights and ships just outside their territory? Brilliant.

What is wrong with your argument is you neglect the fact that China has a right to defend itself. Which means that China could very fairly pull a tit for tat and start patroling off America's shores. Maybe that is the plan.

You reap what you sow. And China is going from being an imaginary threat to a real one because America insists on shaking her fist at China. Also, while America may feel an obligation to protect her allies, that does not mean she has to follow her allies down every stupid trail no matter what reckless action she takes. Nor does it mean America has have bases in every nook and cranny. China has no more or less and expansionist agenda than Japan, or some other of China's neighbors.

And don't pat yourself on the back too hard for being "invited" to have a base, try to remember how most of those bases got there; via shooting your way in the door.

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You reap what you sow. And China is going from being an imaginary threat to a real one because America insists on shaking her fist at China.

China is becoming a threat, not because of America, but because it insists on an agressive foreign policy. That is also why it is involved in so many disputes with its neighbors. The US didn't cause that, only China did.

China has no more or less and expansionist agenda than Japan, or some other of China's neighbors.

Really? Lets see, Vietnam, Japan, Philippines, and of course there is Tibet. You sure about this? Which neighbor of China's is actively agitating for more territory, or to claim additional territory that does not belong to it?

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The USA has an obligation to defend its allies? Just as a parent has an obligation to financially support his/her child born in 1946? No way, it is time to accept the responsibility to defend oneself. The Yanks are coming come. Be prepared.

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noriyosan73: This is exactly the same as the USA did to break the USSR. Outspend the USA with the dollars it lent to it until the country is bankrupt, which is just about where the USA is now.

You fail to understand, even in the most basic way, the relationship between the US and China. Both parties actually worked together to bring down the Soviets. They were considered a threat to both nations during the Cold War. Using any kind of USA/USSR example is a complete waste of time when you're talking about China.

Both countries depend on each other financially, and neither country wants to see any kind of economic harm or collapse to the other. The world markets are too integrated these days. It would be a disaster for both sides. Any kind of talk about "breaking" the other is completely off the mark.

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zichi: "American military spending is obscene"

But don't you benefit from the stability provided by the American military?

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