Chinese general : We’re no match for US

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  1. rock127

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    Chinese general: We’re no match for U.S. - Army News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Army Times
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    By Robert Burns - The Associated Press
    Posted : Wednesday May 18, 2011 22:10:09 EDT
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    WASHINGTON — Seeking to counter U.S. worries about his country’s rapid military growth, a top Chinese general said Wednesday the communist nation’s defense clout lags decades behind the U.S., and that China wants warmer relations.Gen. Chen Bingde, whose position in Beijing is roughly the equivalent of chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, used a 45-minute speech at the National Defense University to play down fears of Chinese intentions.“Although China’s defense and military development has come a long way in recent years, a gaping gap between you and us remains,” Chen said through an interpreter. He added, “China never intends to challenge the U.S.”Chen made a similar point later at a Pentagon news conference with his American counterpart, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen.
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    “I can tell you that China does not have the capability to challenge the United States,” he said, adding that China’s wealth and military strength pales in comparison with that of the U.S. He said China’s navy is 20 years behind the U.S. Navy.Chen’s remarks were in line with China’s strategy of countering U.S. fear of China as a military threat by emphasizing the limited scope of its military reach and advancing efforts to cooperate in areas like counterterrorism and anti-piracy. Chen said he invited Mullen to make his first visit to China as Joint Chiefs chairman.Chen and Mullen announced several agreements, including a plan for the U.S. and Chinese militaries to jointly conduct a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise in 2012. They also agreed to use a special telephone link to maintain communication between their offices.
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    The general told reporters that China’s recent boost of investment in military power is “compensatory in nature,” making up for decades during which modernizing the Chinese economy was given the first priority. Washington often complains that China is too secretive about the purpose and exact scale of its military buildup.To illustrate his point that China is not a threat — even to Taiwan — Chen noted that some Americans have called on China to remove or withdraw ballistic missiles positioned on its southeast coast, across from Taiwan.“I can tell you here responsibly that we only have garrison deployment across (from) Taiwan, and we do not have operational deployment, much less missiles stationed there,” Chen said.In his speech at the National Defense University, Chen said he was optimistic about the future of U.S.-China military relations, which have suffered repeated setbacks. Early last year China angrily cut off most military-to-military contacts after the U.S. announced a $6.4 billion arms sale to Taiwan, the self-governing island that China considers a renegade province.
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    Under the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act, which partly defines U.S. relations with Taiwan and China, the Pentagon is obliged to provide Taiwan with sufficient defensive arms to ensure its security. In his remarks at the Pentagon, Chen said some U.S. lawmakers, whom he did not cite by name, had told him it is time for Congress to review that law.Chen said the U.S. needs to respect China’s “core interests,” which he said include issues of national unity like Taiwan. The Taiwanese, he said, are considered by all Chinese as “our compatriots and blood brothers and sisters.”The general equated China’s position on Taiwan to President Abraham Lincoln’s commitment to preserving the Union. Chen quoted Lincoln as saying, “The Union is unbroken.”
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    Asked about Taiwan’s long-standing request to purchase U.S. F-16 combat aircraft, Chen said such a sale would hurt U.S.-China military relations, but he was not specific. He asked rhetorically why Taiwan would need to buy American weapons if the U.S. sincerely believes its stated policy that Taiwan is part of China.Chen appeared to question the validity of the U.S. position favoring Taiwan’s eventual peaceful reunification with China. He recounted a conversation earlier Wednesday with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in which she repeated the U.S. position that “there is only one China in the world and Taiwan is part of China.”
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    He said he told Clinton: “I’ve heard that comment, that statement, since I was a schoolboy, and I’m hearing the same thing now I’m approaching my retirement age. I wonder when can I really see the reunification of my motherland.”Chen, chief of the general staff of the People’s Liberation Army, is leading a delegation of eight Chinese generals on a weeklong visit to the United States. Also on the delegation’s itinerary this week are the Army’s Fort Stewart, Ga., the Navy’s base at Norfolk, Va., and Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.
     
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    After a very vocal sabre rattling and pompous declarations of new Chinese era in the Pacific the PLA is all of a sudden back pedaling? Maybe they thought the World could be bluffed by it into submission? The US encirclement and strangulation of China is silently reaching a fever pitch thanks in no small part to PLA's historical miscalculations!
     
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    Old news....Wednesday May 18, 2011 22:10:09 EDT
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    PLA lags behind US? Everyone knows that.
    Weapon sales to Taiwan? Nothing new there either.
     
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    Both Indian and Chinese leadership had stated the same after the 2003 Iraq War. Both said they cannot match the US.

    Not surprising. US has a $600Billion budget for their military.
     
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    Hey PLA and IA are no match to the U.S.A.A., but P.L.A. and I.A. together, U.S.A.A. is no match what so ever.
     
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    In an all-out war, even the combined armed forces of India and China would be no match for the US military for they would use nukes, given that the situation has escalated beyond the deterent capacity of our small nuclear arsenal. Otherwise, both sides would show restraint as neither want to push the other to use nukes.
     
  8. niharjhatn

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    And what's funny is that nations are still investing so heavily in arms and constantly provoking others :D

    The americans are bankrupt and still spend more than the rest of the world combined into weapons.
     
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    The US defense budget is taking cuts.
     
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    I think even PLA and IA together is still no match to USAA
     
  11. Bangalorean

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    We keep hearing this kind of stuff from the Chinese, about how far behind they are, when compared to this nation or that... this is not the first time. Maybe to have a show of humility? :noidea:

    And yes - the PLA and IA together is no match for the US either, but such a war scenario is completely unrealistic and hypothetical. :pound: I am not sure if India will ever stand with the PLA for any kind of issue as long as the CCP exists in China.
     
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  12. LETHALFORCE

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    If USA does not spend the amount it does it would have both political and economic consequences. The budget helps US keep it's interests. If USA became lazy or cut back it would risk losing the technological edge it has gained for decades.
     
  13. Ray

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    It is the typical Chinese ploy to disarm the adversary with mealy mouthed pious platitudes, when in a position of disadvantage.

    Just like disarming the world with such homilies as "Peaceful Rise", where China benefited to close the gap between the US and China and when slightly comfortable, it showed its hand in the South China Sea.
     

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