Discussion in 'Asia' started by onedomino, Jul 16, 2005.
Thanks for bringing this to the board. Good to know that those in Washington are taking a serious look at the U.S.'s policies re China. Long overdue in my opinion. The question of "why and for what purpose China is beefing up its armed forces when it faces no external threat" is a very good one. Has anyone heard their explanation? Surely they don't think America plans to attack them when we send billions of dollars their way each year and allow them to purchase our debt. They're too smart for that kind of thinking.
Military power projects economic and political power. The projection of economic and political power is the fundamental reason China is building up its military strength.
China has economic and political strength. It does not need to project it. That is certainly recognized as a fact by our own government. If China did not possess political strength, would the U.S. be seeking China's help in solving the North Korean problem? Doesn't China hold a seat on the Security Council at the United Nations? Americans are making a big mistake by poo-pooing China as a country to be reckoned with.
I am referring to the kind of political power that can create alliances such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the 21st Centurys Warsaw Pact. China is building up its military to project economic and political power in order to compete with the United States. How often have you heard the Chinese complain of "US hegemony?" The Chinese are building up their military and trying to extend their economic and political power because they realize that they are competing for markets and natural resources against powerful countries such as America and Japan; this is especially true regarding oil.
Another sobering thought is that it is highly possible and likely, that the military could be making these comments without the government's permission but only because the government, nowadays consisting mostly of bureaucrats whom the military disdains. The military viewed Mao and many that followed after him "Long Marchers" and equals. Today the military looks toward Beijing with contempt in many instances.
We should seriosly worry about a junta taking over in a peaceful coup d'etat and intalling their own "leader". We all need to keep our eyes on China.
One last point... a lot of Chinese in places like Malaysia, Singapore, etc., actually consider themselves Chinese first and Malaysian, Singaporean, Thai, etc. second. It is amazing at how many Chinese that have never even stepped foot into China and whose families are the 3rd or 4th generation to live in a Malaysia, etc., feel a close relationship to China.
People, history repeats itself, so we need to keep our eyes on that part of the world. I sure would hate to see Japan and China start getting into little skirmishes... which is very possible now that Japan has given rights to a Japanese company to drill for oil in the disputed area in the China Sea.
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