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    China: U.S. Spends Too Much on Military

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    Published July 11, 2011
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    BEIJING The United States is spending too much on its military in light of its recent economic troubles, China's top general said Monday while playing down his country's own military capabilities.
    The chief of the General Staff of the People's Liberation Army, Chen Bingde, told reporters that he thought the U.S. should cut back on defense spending for the sake of its taxpayers. He was speaking during a joint news conference in which he traded barbs with visiting U.S. counterpart Adm. Mike Mullen.
    "I know the U.S. is still recovering from the financial crisis," Chen said. "Under such circumstances, it is still spending a lot of money on its military and isn't that placing too much pressure on the taxpayers?"
    If the U.S. could reduce its military spending a bit and spend more on improving the livelihood of the American people ... wouldn't that be a better scenario?" he said.
    So, looks like our Chinese "friends" agree with the left.
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    Re: China: U.S. Spends Too Much on Military

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    So, looks like our Chinese "friends" agree with the left.
    Along with our very own Department of Defense!!!

    Defense.gov News Article: Gates Calls for Significant Cuts in Defense Overhead

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    Re: China: U.S. Spends Too Much on Military

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    So, looks like our Chinese "friends" agree with the left.
    The Chinese are correct. You could cut the US military budget in half and the US would still be spending double what the Chinese spend.
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    Re: China: U.S. Spends Too Much on Military

    that is incorrect - Chinese spending on defense is way under-reported. one of the benefits of being a totalitarian dictatorship is that you can lie at will.

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    Re: China: U.S. Spends Too Much on Military

    Quote Originally Posted by katiegrrl0 View Post
    The Chinese are correct. You could cut the US military budget in half and the US would still be spending double what the Chinese spend.
    You need to add the cost of what they steal to their budget.
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    Re: China: U.S. Spends Too Much on Military

    Quote Originally Posted by Wiseone View Post
    You conveniently overlooked the underlined text, no doubt intentionally.
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    Re: China: U.S. Spends Too Much on Military

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    that is incorrect - Chinese spending on defense is way under-reported. one of the benefits of being a totalitarian dictatorship is that you can lie at will.
    Your links to this secret knowledge please. Thanks.
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    Re: China: U.S. Spends Too Much on Military

    Quote Originally Posted by katiegrrl0 View Post
    Your links to this secret knowledge please. Thanks.
    China Says It Is Slowing Down Military Spending - NYTimes.com
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    Re: China: U.S. Spends Too Much on Military

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    You conveniently overlooked the underlined text, no doubt intentionally.
    “In each instance we must ask: First, is this respectful of the American taxpayer at a time of economic and fiscal duress?” he said. “And second, is this activity or arrangement the best use of limited dollars, given the pressing needs to take care of our people, win the wars we are in, and invest in the capabilities necessary to deal with the most likely and lethal future threats?”
    -SecDef Robert Gates

    ""I know the U.S. is still recovering from the financial crisis," Chen said. "Under such circumstances, it is still spending a lot of money on its military and isn't that placing too much pressure on the taxpayers? "If the U.S. could reduce its military spending a bit and spend more on improving the livelihood of the American people ... wouldn't that be a better scenario?"
    -General Chen Bingde

    They are saying the exact same thing. From your underlined text "spend more on improving the livelihood of the American people" it sounds a hell of a lot like "given the pressing needs to take care of our people."

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    Re: China: U.S. Spends Too Much on Military

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    You need to add the cost of what they steal to their budget.
    While China’s government has disclosed more information about military spending in recent years, much of its spending remains secret, and, in the past, military experts in the United States and elsewhere have said Beijing’s real military spending is at least double the announced figure. A 2009 Pentagon report estimated China’s total military spending to be between $105 billion and $150 billion. While growing rapidly, China’s military spending is still dwarfed by that of the United States, which has about $719 billion in outlays this year for national defense.
    Ok so we've taken a guess, as accurate as can be I'm sure, and I trust your source. We're still looking at a a difference of about 600 billion dollars, so what was the point of this topic besides to equate the left with the Chinese.

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