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China to increase defense budget by 10.7%

posted at 12:27 pm on March 5, 2013 by

And that’s just what they’re willing to admit:

China’s military spending will grow by 10.7 percent this year — a notable increase in the face of sluggish economic growth — according to official reports delivered Tuesday at the kickoff of a two-week meeting that will culminate in the elevation of China’s new president and premier.

The military increase continues nearly two decades of double-digit growth and comes at a critical time as the incoming leaders are consolidating their power and shoring up personal relations with China’s generals.

Leaders also set their target for China’s economy to grow 7.5 percent this year, a number unchanged from last year and modest compared to previous decades of furious growth. The goal reflects belief that the effects of China’s economic slowdown will likely linger in the coming year.

The latest figures delivered by China’s outgoing Premier Wen Jiabao opened the National People’s Congress, an annual parliamentary meeting comprised of highly choreographed speeches, press conferences and rubber stamp votes for initiatives laid out by the ruling Communist Party. The meeting is expected to end on March 17 with party leader Xi Jinping becoming China’s new president.

Wen’s remarks included standard praises for the past year’s work but sprinkled with admissions of problems he and President Hu Jintao were leaving their successors: unsustainable development, corruption, pollution, innovation stifled by dominant state-owned enterprises, income disparity and the gap between rural and urban development.

This is something to keep in mind while we discuss our own global security policies and defense spending over the next several years.  We’re likely to face only one potential emerging superpower in the next few decades, and if we’re not prepared to match strength, we’ll end up getting challenged and pushed back in the Pacific.  Perhaps it might make sense to shift away from a Europe-centric view of global security and put resources where the greatest potential threats will lie.

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China to increase defense budget by 10.7%

…JugEars cries for more taxes on millionaires and billionaires… to help China pay for it!

KOOLAID2 on March 5, 2013 at 1:43 PM

I welcome my new overlords!

Who’s happiest with my admission?
Why DarkCurrent, of course! ;)

Badger40 on March 5, 2013 at 1:43 PM

I am a retired American Soldier who lives in East Asia. These observations are my own.

Also note, that Japan is restarting its nuclear power plants and Viet Nam is building 5 nuclear power plants. With or with out American support; Japan South Korea and Taiwan are months away from manufacturing missile deliverable nuclear weapons and the missiles to carry them. India already has these weapons. Viet Nam, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia are several years to a decade or more away from producing nuclear weapons.

If China continues along it’s current path for another decade or so, America will either make an absolute commitment to defend the rest of East Asia, by all means and at any cost, and keep China on a leash or their will be an unparalleled nuclear arms race and most likely a devastating nuclear War killing billions and causing a massive world wide disaster.

Note, ruling China has been compared to, “Riding on the back of a tiger.” What scares me most is that, I don’t believe this to be some sort of “evil plot.” I think that this policy reflects the requirements of the leadership of China’s surviving the internal dynamics of Chinese society.

19k30 retired

Linh_My on March 5, 2013 at 1:49 PM

If China conquered the USA (unlikely that China even WANTS to do this, but just IF), how bad would that be? How much worse than living under the communist Obama regime 5 years from now?

The Rogue Tomato on March 5, 2013 at 2:45 PM

I welcome my new overlords!

Who’s happiest with my admission?
Why DarkCurrent, of course!

Badger40 on March 5, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Did you do the same with your Soviet overloard? The same crap that is being said now about China was said about the Soviet Union before them… Where is the f***ing Soviet Union now?… Gone into the sh*t hole of history…

mnjg on March 5, 2013 at 2:48 PM

If China conquered the USA (unlikely that China even WANTS to do this, but just IF), how bad would that be? How much worse than living under the communist Obama regime 5 years from now?

The Rogue Tomato on March 5, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Like if the Soviet Union conquered the US stories, and novels, and movies?… Why your type is still alive? Why you just commit suicide and get rid of your miserable life that is full whining 24/7?… Just do it…

mnjg on March 5, 2013 at 2:51 PM

A few things that might be on the collective minds of the PLA chiefs, planners and budget managers:

Russia: land border with China, nuclear armed, politically volatile, large numbers of weapons unaccounted for,

India: land border with China, nuclear armed, politically volatile, one or two border disputes unresolved.

Pakistan: land border with China via Kashmir, nuclear armed, politically very volatile, leading exporter of Islamic militancy and nuclear weapon technology.

North Korea: land border with China, nuclear armed, tense, technically still at war with South Korea, exporter of nuclear weapon technology.

Japan: Unresolved territorial disputes. Given the atrocities of the Japanese occupation of Chinese territory in the 1940s and consequent “loss of face”, any territorial conflict with Japan, no matter how insignificant, must not be allowed to cause further loss of face as this will encourage internal dissent.

Thailand. Unresolved territorial disputes.

Vietnam. Unresolved territorial disputes.

Trade routes: Presently dependent on Western nations for protection. However with Western countries determined to commit economic and social suicide the protection may not last much longer.

Internal: Various simmering tensions.

Does any of this warrant military upgrade? Almost certainly, yes.

Meanwhile the greatest threats to the USA and Europe are internal. Social decay, government ineptitude, moral decay, Islam.

YiZhangZhe on March 5, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Japan and South Korea will become part of the NATO. Just watch….

Oil Can on March 5, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Did you do the same with your Soviet overloard? The same crap that is being said now about China was said about the Soviet Union before them… Where is the f***ing Soviet Union now?… Gone into the sh*t hole of history…

mnjg on March 5, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Like if the Soviet Union conquered the US stories, and novels, and movies?… Why your type is still alive? Why you just commit suicide and get rid of your miserable life that is full whining 24/7?… Just do it…

mnjg on March 5, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Sarcastic or real d-bag?
Hmmmm.

Badger40 on March 5, 2013 at 4:01 PM

If China conquered the USA (unlikely that China even WANTS to do this, but just IF), how bad would that be? How much worse than living under the communist Obama regime 5 years from now?

The Rogue Tomato on March 5, 2013 at 2:45 PM

After another 5 years of Obama and his anti-Constitution cronies, we might not be able to tell the difference.

SPCOlympics on March 5, 2013 at 4:17 PM

YiZhangZhe on March 5, 2013 at 3:27 PM

I agree with what you wrote.

My worry is that China seems to be absolutely determined to, despite the International Law of the sea that China signed, steal all of the Pacific Ocean up to nearly the shoreline of every East Asian country. If China were willing to have reasonable negations with the other East Asian Countries or to place the issue before the proper International Court, I would have no worries.

The fact is China seems to be willing to go on an agressive war of conquest to get it’s way. Prior to the Invasion of Poland, the German Army created a number of incidents. China is doing the same thing. China murdered roughly 200 unresisting Vietnamese soldiers in one theft.

Linh_My on March 5, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Did you do the same with your Soviet overloard? The same crap that is being said now about China was said about the Soviet Union before them… Where is the f***ing Soviet Union now?… Gone into the sh*t hole of history…

mnjg on March 5, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Where would the USSR have been if the high command had said “ok, we can’t keep up with the capitalists on having every new toy that costs us millions of rubles, so let’s just quit trying”?

What would they have accomplished without us as some kind of challenger and opponent?

MelonCollie on March 5, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Country with strongest military will also have the reserve currency. Meaning if we think we can just keep printing money, someone will take our place.

MechanicalBill on March 5, 2013 at 7:57 PM

mnjg on March 5, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Sarcastic or real d-bag?
Hmmmm.

Badger40 on March 5, 2013 at 4:01 PM

…generic meds aren’t working?

KOOLAID2 on March 5, 2013 at 9:19 PM

After another 5 years of Obama and his anti-Constitution cronies, we might not be able to tell the difference.

SPCOlympics on March 5, 2013 at 4:17 PM

My point, exactly. Indeed, we might be better off, because China doesn’t want to destroy itself out of spite against white colonialism or capitalism.

The Rogue Tomato on March 5, 2013 at 10:40 PM

IF the hot heads in the Chinese military overrule those who just want to grow economically, the consequences will be bad for everyone. An invasion of Taiwan or Japan could lead to armegeddon. The answer is a solid alliance like NATO with the backing of the US that even the most militaristic nationalist would see as too dangerous to provoke. Since a consensus to start a war would be almost impossible to achieve in the mostly democratic nations that would make up such a pact, the idea of an offensive war against China would be about impossible to bring off. Thus neither side can start anything and both prosper in the armed peace.

If on the other hand, China sees its neighbors isolated and America retreating, the temptation to take advantage may be just too great.

KW64 on March 5, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Why you just commit suicide and get rid of your miserable life that is full whining 24/7?… Just do it…

mnjg on March 5, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Given that your response to hearing an opinion you don’t like or agree with is to demand the person expressing it commit suicide, most people here are going to assume that you don’t have the facts and evidence to back up your own opinion and therefore it probably isn’t true.

Alberta_Patriot on March 6, 2013 at 12:10 AM

I view a Chinese war with Taiwan to be increasingly unlikely. China has switched its focus to Japan/Vietnam/Phillipines as the Western Pacific becomes like the Balkans in the 1910s.

Ironically, the Kuomintang and the Communist Party are now both Chinese Nationalist parties (now that Communism is defunct) who are united against Taiwanese nativist parties. There is increasing economic integration of both China and Taiwan, and China knows that Taiwan’s value is in trade, not natural resources. War disrupts trade relations. Expect continued defacto independence with increasing integration like the US/Canada relationship.

China has a great deal of rivals and has a history filled with bloody civil wars. Being a land power sucks in many ways, and America is blessed to have been at peace with her neighbors for the last 150 years.

xuyee on March 6, 2013 at 12:26 AM

After another 5 years of Obama and his anti-Constitution cronies, we might not be able to tell the difference.

SPCOlympics on March 5, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Well they don’t have a Bill of Right’s there, but they do have far less wealth redistribution. I don’t see free speech being ended in America, just rendered pointless by the great gray nothing of lowest common denominator culture.

xuyee on March 6, 2013 at 12:30 AM

…generic meds aren’t working?

KOOLAID2 on March 5, 2013 at 9:19 PM

I’m afraid I’m a little humorless right now.
I’m not suffering from any conditions which require medication, nor do I take any.
And I was pretty sure you weren’t another d-bag. Hope I’m not wrong.

Badger40 on March 6, 2013 at 7:51 AM