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China preparing for armed conflict 'in every direction'

China is preparing for conflict 'in every direction', the defence minister said on Wednesday in remarks that threaten to overshadow a visit to Beijing by his US counterpart next month.

By Peter Foster, Beijing | The Telegraph

"In the coming five years, our military will push forward preparations for military conflict in every strategic direction," said Liang Guanglie in an interview published by several state-backed newspapers in China. "We may be living in peaceful times, but we can never forget war, never send the horses south or put the bayonets and guns away," Mr Liang added.

China repeatedly says it is planning a "peaceful rise" but the recent pace and scale of its military modernisation has alarmed many of its neighbours in the Asia-Pacific, including Japan which described China's military build-up as a "global concern" this month.

Mr Liang's remarks come at a time of increasingly difficult relations between the Chinese and US armed forces which a three-day visit by his counterpart Robert Gates is intended to address. A year ago China froze substantive military relations in protest at US arms sales to Taiwan and relations deteriorated further this summer when China objected to US plans to deploy one of its nuclear supercarriers, the USS George Washington, into the Yellow Sea off the Korean peninsula.

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Says Who?

Our wonderfully honest media? Translation please? Oh, Chris Matthews and others don't speak Chinese you say? Hmmmmm. Okay, If it's on the news, I'll believe it. NOT!

skippy

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Funny. They sound like our "leaders"!

A global force for good?

We have bases and project our "strength" in EVERY direction, also, do we not?

But THEY are the "boogey man"?

WAKE SOMEONE UP! (please)

its 'cos I owe ya, my young friend...
Rockin' the FREE world in Tennessee since 1957!
9/11 Truth.

The level of

Chinese bravado seldom ceases to humor me. It is like N. Korea 'lite' :)

When they will have indoor plumbing/washing machines and non toxic air in most of the country I will be impressed not to mention actually defeat a foreign military.

When was the last time China ever defeated an opponent in war? What Kublai Khan? ;)

donvino

would i deserve my rights,

would i deserve my rights, those rights i withold from others

Are we all so different, that we can not find common ground

Generalization of an entire nation, doesnt quite feel like.....mmmmmm, whats the word im looking for.........oh thats right.......liberty

If you have knowledge and links to information you feel is pertinent, please do share, but please, dont generalise an entire nation, thats how inocent people become victims, if there are those who should be shone a torch on, be specific, as i can only speak for myself, the reason i dont comment on any kind of china topic, is because ive heard how the "whole" of china is suppose to be bad, from random people, but nobody seems to want to "prove" their reasons for their comments by posting "credible" links (im not implying there are no credible ones out there, just putting an enthisis on unquestionable facts, and yes, depending on situation and what it is you are looking for, yes, unquestionable facts are out there, say for instance, if what you want proven is a comment someone said, someone else said, but not proven until you see the actual video proving the someone did indeed say that something.......something so simple, but could mean the difference between false accusation and or downright lies)......i generally tend to think, if ive not seen it with my own eyes, then im in no postion to form a definigive opinion

maybe then, you wont sound like you hate a nation full of people, which to be honest, doesnt, ... quite feel like .....mmmmmm.....whats the word im looking for..............

In the spirit of honesty, a say this with some hesitation, not because i agree with generalisation of a nation, but because, semi hotted discussions is something i dont need, so ill just say this
Say it, but i dont have to like it

Underestimating China is dangerous

Comparing them to N Korea is ludicrous.

Love or fear? Chose again with every breath.

The Chinese kicked our butts on the Korean Peninsula.

After Inchon, MacArthur predicted we'd be home by Christmas. Then the human wave of Chinese "volunteers" crossed the borders. We finally signed an armistace (cease fire) in 1953, only after Eisenhower threatened to use the "nuclear cannon".

China could tie in knots just by calling in our debt; armies run on money. If that were not bad enough, Russia is likely to get into this fray, first using Iranians are surrogates, just as I have been predicting on these pages for the last several weeks. '

BTW, Great Britain beat China because of its superior artillery and the corruption of the Chinese Dynasty. China is on the move technically and has relatively new heavy industry. Underestimating them could be a fatal mistake.

ie Vietnam

I would contrast the aftermath of a battle in Vietnam to China whereby the Vietnamese after surveying the destruction were horrified when American dead bodies were lined up against dead Vietnamese; the Vienamese were shocked to see how enormous in stature the Americans were ie their thighs and legs were the size of the average Vietnamese. The Vietnamese made these comments and I am sure the Chinese would too.

It is like a pro football team playing a high school one. Chinese would simply be outmuscled as in Vietnam imo.

donvino

Hmm?

China defeated Kublai Khan? I don't think so.

Japan Vietnam

He failed there too

donvino

By 1860 US gunboat diplomacy

had joined that of other "great" European powers in accessing Chinese markets. The collective Western message was quite clear: let us do as we please or we will shell your cities, your temples, your government offices and trade houses, your ports, your harbors and all within.

Since the last emporer's ministry was too busy looting the nation to really care, most responses came from the streets and the student castes. Buddhist conservative armies would try to harry foreigners, various rebellions such as the Boxer Rebellion tried to curb the flood of opium-fueled control of foreign nations. Various leaders like general Chian Kai Shek tried to establish a rebublic but major war was soon in their laps. And we all knew what followed with Mao.

But Chinese people have a deeper sense of "patriotism" than we do, basically as we know it, it's a Han thing. It's beyond national pride, it's cultural pride and they measure their culture in terms of thousands of years, not hundreds. And they have very long memories.

So. While your average Chinese is very friendly towards Americans and very curious, they would fight us if they perceived it to be necessary to their sovereignty and hegemony of their region. And they will fight to win. And they view this to be inevitable.

So right now they are fighting this war. It's not when, it's happening now on various levels. This is it's early stages playing out on a very globalized and information rich backdrop.

With our elites strengthening them and weakening us each and every day.

There is nothing strange about having a bar of soap in your right pocket, it's just what's happening.