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WASHINGTON (AP) -- China is modernizing its military in ways that give it options for launching surprise attacks, potentially far from its borders, the Pentagon said Friday.
In an annual report to Congress, the Pentagon said the Chinese are acquiring better missiles, submarines and aircraft and should more fully explain the purpose of a military buildup that has led some to view China as a threat.
In a measured tone, the report offered a detailed look at China's military modernization. And it outlined areas of perceived ambiguity in Chinese strategy, including its declared policy of never starting a nuclear war; it concluded that Beijing may be exploring "new options" provided by its force modernization.
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How long did it take to do Iraq? Afghanistan?
China is a serious nuclear power, they have a real Army, Navy and Air Force.
Are they 17 trillion in debt? Fvck no. There is a billion of them and it I say it is a serious mistake to underestimate them.
But on the debt remark, I see people say things like this all the time, and it baffles me. It baffles me, because another way to state that same exact point is that, "China is heavily invested in the US." What you're characterizing as a crutch is one of the biggest reasons a full blown war is unlikely to happen anytime soon.
While I largely agree with what you said, I will say that I think Americans all too often cite their military budget, as though it is a direct and absolute indicator of who will win -- which is, as you well know, very much untrue. What's the Taliban's budget? Or the Viet Cong's?
"The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations." `Thomas Jefferson