- Feb 26, 2010
Big difference is we are not China for many reasonsThen one has to wait till sufficient progress in Technology has been made before defence expenditure is raised.
No, defence R&D is nit necessarily the furst expense to be axed in downturn. China face famines in 1962 and then cultural revolution in 1970. None if that stopped China from developing missile, nuclear bomb or other Technology.
1. We did not have Soviets transfer the nuke designs to their communist ally as a bulwark against possible republican re-takeover.
2. The same Soviets happily transferred preliminary missile designs and jet aircaft assemby lines to PRC (F-7 a clone of Mig-21), thinking the latter would be indebted forever.
3. Sino-Soviet split in 1969, allowed the West to step in and they took over where the Soviets left. They decided that Cheen should be propped up as a bulwark against Soviet Marxist-Lenninist worldview and they happily supplied Cheen with rockets, technology and space tech. However, it was not until 1996 that their Long March series of rockets became reliable after haramkhor laundibaaz Clinton signed wavers upon wavers allowing the transfer of sensitive tech to Cheen despite reservations and opposition from his security and intelligence apparatus.
4. Mao send 30 million of his people to death, do you think he cared if there was resentment due to famine and shortage of food?
5. CCP does not have worry about elections, about votes, about what people think. However, I'll still be very interested to see stats that show how much Cheen spend on R&D in those famine years.
6. Soviets focussed almost entirely on military and associated R&D. Didn't help them much in 1991 did it?
In every open and democratic society, R&D investment is the first to see the axe when economic hardships come calling- we saw in the US after the second Iraq war, Western Erope has seen some of the sharpest decline in research funding in the past decade. In Japan, funding has stagnated and it's beginning to plateau in Korea as well. Other examples include Canada, Australia etc.