Highlights of the China Report
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Highlights of the China Report

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As Harry Kazianis noted yesterday, the Pentagon’s Congressionally-mandated annual survey of Chinese military capabilities is out. The highlights:

– “With its growing power and international status, China periodically acts more assertively in pursuit of its strategic priorities, while also seeking to take advantage of a favorable external environment to pursue economic and military modernization goals. Beijing is finding it increasingly difficult to balance these interests.”

– China’s official military budget for 2012 totals $106 billion – an 11.2 percent increase over 2011. “Analysis of 2000-2011 data indicates China’s officially disclosed military budget grew at an average of 11.8 percent per year in inflation-adjusted terms over the period.”

– “Preparing for contingencies in the Taiwan Strait remains the principal focus and driver of much of China’s military investment,” but the People’s Liberation Army “still faces limitations in its ability to conduct a full-scale amphibious invasion of Taiwan.”

– The PLA Navy will likely commission the former-Varyag aircraft carrier into service this year following sea trials since last summer. “The carrier will initially serve as a training platform.”

– “Numerous indicators pointed to the start of an expansion of the majority of army special forces units.”

– The PLA deploys between 1,000 and 1,200 short-range ballistic missiles, 400,000 ground troops and 490 warplanes opposite Taiwan.

– The PLA Navy possesses: 79 destroyers and frigates, 50 submarines, 51 landing ships and 86 missile-armed patrol craft.

– “China continues to build the Beidou navigation satellite constellation with the goal of establishing a regional network by the end of 2012 and a global network by 2020,” but “China’s space and counter-space programs are facing some challenges in systems reliability.”

– “Authoritative writings and China’s persistent cyber intrusions indicates the likelihood that Beijing is using cyber network operations as a tool to collect strategic intelligence.”

Comments
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Dr. J.
May 31, 2012 at 23:48

Maybe John Chan is the same person suffering from multiple personality disorder due to the CCP propaganda forced on him.

Shree
May 27, 2012 at 16:48

Dude John Chan,
You r not that important in cyber world so just pull ur head from ur non fake ass and use another name.

Shree
May 27, 2012 at 16:47

Dude ,
You r not that important in cyber world so just pull ur head from ur non fake ass and use another name.

Shree
May 27, 2012 at 16:45

Good One

Shree
May 27, 2012 at 16:43

Dude,
US can NEVER be displaced from its position by any1.
But what will happen is India and china will join US, as their economies grow.
After 2020 US will not be able to establish its monopoly.That does not mean that its power will diminish as it is decades ahead of china or India.
After WW2 UK was not the same power it has been it lost many of its colonies therefore became weak and decided that it would be best for them if become USA’s tail.
USA will never be in that position these are facts … BTW I am Indian not American.

John Chan
May 23, 2012 at 17:40

@John Chan, I am not forcing you to do anything. I would suggest if you so desire not to be “impostered” (since only one person in the world is allowed to be named John Chan apparently) then change your name.

Otherwise live with it (or do you not get the $.50 if they can’t tell where it came from??)

John Chan
May 23, 2012 at 13:25

@Kangmin Zheng,
Telling the truth is no propaganda, and not taking the predatory imperialist Westpac’s words as given truth is critical thinking.

Meanwhile labelling others baselessly like you is suppressing freedom of speech.

John Chan
May 23, 2012 at 13:18

@”John Chan” the impostor:
There are a lot John Chan in the world, but on this site only one John Chan is allow to maintain the integrity of blogger’s identity, because no one can express opinion on behalf of the others, that’s what you doing and you are breaking the rule.

Yes, forcing me to change the name is your intention all along, as the predatory imperialist bigots cannot stand the truth anymore.

Manufacturing consent using identity theft and character sabotage will not work.

John Chan
May 23, 2012 at 13:17

@”John Chan” the impostor,
There are a lot John Chan in the world, but on this site only one John Chan is allow to maintain the integrity of blogger’s identity, because no one can express opinion on behalf of the others, that’s what you doing and you are breaking the rule.

Yes, forcing me to change the name is your intention all along, as the predatory imperialist bigots cannot stand the truth anymore.

Manufacturing consent using identity theft and character sabotage will not work.

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