China slams U.S defence policy that identifies India as a strategic partner

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  1. LETHALFORCE

    LETHALFORCE Moderator Moderator

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    Beijing, Jan 10 (TruthDive): China on Monday slammed the United States on its new Asian-focused defense strategy. Earlier, U.S accused China for lacking openness in its military policy. China reacted to the criticism by calling it “groundless and untrustworthy.”


    The U.S’ new defense strategy unveiled last week clarified that U.S wants to shift focus away from Iraq and Afghanistan and to concentrate on strengthening America’s position in the Asia-Pacific region. U.S also called for better clarity and openness in China’s military policy. The shift in strategy comes in the wake of China’s growing military power.


    “The tide of war is receding but the question that this strategy answers is what kind of military will we need long after the wars of the last decade are over,” Obama told a Pentagon news conference alongside Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Thursday.


    The strategy calls for countering potential attempts by China and Iran to block U.S. capabilities in areas like the South China Sea and the Strait of Hormuz.


    The new strategy also identified India as a long-term strategic partner that can serve as a regional economic anchor and provider of security in the Indian Ocean region. It said the U.S.will try to maintain peace on the Korean peninsula by working with allies and others in Asia to defend against North Korean provocations.


    In response, China said it was committed to peaceful development and a “defensive” policy. China’s strategic intent is clear, open and transparent. The accusation targeting China in the document has no basis, and is fundamentally unrealistic. Our national defense modernization serves the objective requirements of national security and development and also plays an active role in maintaining regional peace and stability. It will not pose any threat to any country,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said at a regular news conference, in response to a question from state media about whether China poses a threat to U.S. security.


    “We have noted that the United States issued this guide to its defense strategy, and we will closely observe the impact that U.S.military strategic adjustment has on the Asia-Pacific region and on global security developments,” ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng said in his statement published on China’s official military website.
     
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  3. Bhadra

    Bhadra Defence Professionals Defence Professionals Senior Member

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    It will be Sino Indian relations that will determine the relationship equations between the US and China. China indeed is staring at the historic importance of this juncture as is India. I think there would not be any ganging up. India at best could bolster up its defence by induction of superior technology and more so by increase in numbers. India needs to fully exploit its numbers at this juncture and guard its interests in this time of transformation.

    Secondly, India needs to embark upon militarisation of its CPOs, that is the second line of defence as also to bolster the capabilities of anti naxal movement.
     
  4. KS

    KS Bye bye DFI Veteran Member

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    The titile should be "China screams in fear of US defence policy identifying India as strategic partner"
     
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    i think India should take max out of this benefiting situation and get a good leverage against china and max benefit with US.
    But without surrendering their indipendance policy to US. It will be tough task but if Indian beaurocrecy will do this it will be their ultimate win senario.
     
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    asianobserve Elite Member Elite Member

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    Well China knows what happened to the foe (USSR) the last time the US did this kind of thing in Asia... They also know what happened to them...
     
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    tiranga Tihar Jail Banned

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    you seriously expect such a reply from a spineless and brainless govt. like ours??
     
  8. kickok1975

    kickok1975 Stars and Ambassadors Stars and Ambassadors

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    China is not Soviet Union. She only spends 1.5% of GDP on defense as oppose to US's 4.5%. US figures it out (She can't defeat China by spending competition) so she tries to build ally to contain China but it's almost as hard as wining spending contest because countries like India has her own interest which is not always in line with US's interest. No mattery how hard US tries, she can barely get half job done. The result of success containment is also depend on China's reaction. As long as China doesn't make foolish attempt and remains underdog, I can hardly see US win at the end
     
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    The US is aware that there is only one nation in Asia that can challenge the shenanigans of China and that is India. India is militarily capable and is also contiguous to China's Tibet Region.

    That apart, India also has near similar strategic aims in the Region.

    Therefore, it is an obvious corollary that the US finds it prudent to have India as a strategic defence partner.
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    China's declared defence budget is as per Reuters Mar 2011 report

    And this is a dated report (Fri Mar 4, 2011).

    What it is currently can only be a guesstimate.

    It maybe note that every March, as part of its annual state budget, China releases a single overall figure for national military expenditures.


    In 2010, the US Department of Defense's annual report to Congress on China's military strength estimated the actual 2009 Chinese military spending at US$150 billion.
    Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) estimates that the military spending of the People's Republic of China for 2009 was US$100 billion, higher than the official budget, but lower than the US DoD estimate. The last year that many international institutes provided estimates of Chinese military spending in comparable terms was 2003. In terms of the prevailing exchange rate, SIPRI, RAND, the CIA and the DIA estimated the budget to be between US$30–65 billion. In terms of purchasing power parity, or the relative purchasing strength of the expenditure, the SIPRI estimate was as high as US$140 billion. The Chinese government's published budget at that time was less than US$25 billion.


    A RAND Corporation study estimates the People's Republic of China's defense spending to be higher than the official number but lower than United States Department of Defense calculations. The defense spending of the People's Republic of China is estimated to be between 2.3-2.8% of China's GDP. This is 40-70% higher than official figures, but substantially lower than previous outside estimates.


     
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    What about SEATO? How much did it achieve its objectives?

    Southeast Asia Treaty Organization - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    [SUP]]

    I came across an interesting analysis that the US makes so much noise in the shift to Pacific only to convince concerned states of the menace from China so that they would buy more American arms for fueling its own recovery. In the 'off-shore balancing' game the US plays others against China's rise ashore while it
    stays off shore. [/SUP]
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    The threat perception in Asia when SEATO was formed was different from the Treat Perception as is now.

    Further, it was a US controlled pact that was guided by the US policies.

    The current scenario indicates that there are players who wish to maintain their independence in policy, but have a common strategic aim.

    The strategic aim would bind the loose partnerships as a whole. A question of mutual necessity not dictated by the aims of one nation, and instead by a consensus.

    SEATO was ideology based and which in actuality did not affect the Asiatic members. It was basically to get financial and military freebies and address the same towards their local adversaries, as also, to get the backing of the Big 4 in the UN when disputes arose.

    Now, it is a question of safeguarding territorial integrity and sovereignty.
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    More than the US, it is China's recently aggressive actions and hegemonic pursuits that has got nations to realise that they have to be armed and ready.

    It is no longer a question of hype. It has become a reality!

    It is not that one has to buy US weapons and weapons platform alone.

    Nations are buying the same from the world market including from new comers like Brazil!
     
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    its in official report but unofficially u spend 3 to 4 times the original spending so chill out
     
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    What has been will be again,
    what has been done will be done again;
    there is nothing new under the sun.

    Will China scream in fear of US defence policy identifying India as "strategic partner"?? At most the US will sell better equipment or technology to India. Or As if being backed by the US India may up its ante in dealing with China as it feels China may be caved in when in a plight. So much for the 'strategic partnership' (or simply put a marriage of convenience ?)

    China will stay cool in face of such old tricks
     
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    You wish...but the nautanki (theaterics) of china doesn't seem that it is remaining cool.
     
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    India needs China to balance the big powers poking their nose in our region.
    Even if China is an evil, it is a necessary evil, which needs to be contained but must not be destabilized.

    Once China is defeated, west will be all over Asia, once again, and we will not be spared either. We know well what USA does to it's seasonal friends, after the honeymoon period is over.
     
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    Payeng Daku Mongol Singh

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    ++1 for amitkriit.
     
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    Do you mean China or CCP?:rofl:
     
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    Payeng Daku Mongol Singh

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    ^^ May be he should have termed as PRC because the whole China is not PRC :D
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    China's slamming the US is not surprising or odd.

    The manner in which the US is squeezing China from all sides, is adequate to raise the shrill squeal!
     
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