Sunday, November 19, 2006

US Concerned With Chinese Military Buildup

The United States has concerns about a military expansion in China that may be excessive, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Friday.

China's reported military budget rose more than 14 percent this year to $35.3 billion, but outside estimates of China’s true spending are up to three times that level.

“There are concerns about China’s military buildup,” Rice told a television interviewer. “It’s sometimes seemed outsized for China’s regional role.”

So should we add China to the list of countries that are doing something militarily that we don't approve of, but apparently can do little to stop?


Anonymous bahrbearian said...

Hey Condi maybe you could threaten them by calling in their debt.

6:55 PM  
Anonymous malaise said...

Who told Condi that she's in charge of the world

China's military seems outsized for China's regional role? Ah shut the fugg up Condi. China owns you.

6:55 PM  
Anonymous EvangelOphileBlican said...

The Chinese have what, a force of three million, and we have what, our hands tied in Iraq.

6:56 PM  
Anonymous Roland99 said...

And just what the fuck is our "role"? Shouldn't it be just to protect us?

Not to invade every other fucking country on the planet who so much as looks at the US wrong???

6:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

exactly it's not manifest destiny. we can't just tell everyone what we want them to do, like we're running some giant Stratego board.

6:56 PM  
Anonymous loindelrio said...

Then Why Are We Continuing To Fund Said Buildup?
In Jan of 2001 I am afaid we slipped into the bizarro universe.

6:57 PM  
Anonymous TexasLawyer said...

too bad there's nothing we can do about it

military's busy, money's left, ... government's distracted,... Americans are watching TV and playing video games,....

The Chinese own this country anyway, so it's all good.

Hao ji la!

6:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

even if we could do something about it is this how one proceeds?

is this the best we can do in terms of diplomacy? publicly calling out another country? shouldn't this sort of thing be done quietly? Isn't publicly calling out another country -- potentially humiliating the other country -- step 63 or so in the rules of diplomacy?

6:57 PM  
Anonymous shadowknows69 said...

We start acting like the conquering Mongols and we wonder why people might be bolstering their militaries? Who could have forseen. A blind, dead man could.

6:57 PM  
Anonymous Tierra_y_Libertad said...

The "Yellow Peril" returns.
“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” H.L. Mencken

6:58 PM  
Anonymous bridgit said...

she had better be concerned about all our jobs being sent over there...

sure they're building their military, and soon they'll be using the same excuse that we do = that they have to protect the foreign interests...what a duuph she is, she should be loosing sleep at night worrying the chinese don't call in all the markers

there are fates worse than death, and 'condi' rice seems to be preparing this nation for none of them

6:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that's not part of her job, actually

I think we outsourced the job of worrying about outsourcing. some guy in bangalore is undertaking a five-year study for the bushies.


6:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After Rice and the rest of Bushco completely bumbled Iraq and Afghanistan, why is this group allowed to make any decisions or offer any opinions regarding foreign policy?
Why are they even still in power?
You wouldn't for example allow Andy Fastow or Kenneth Lay (if he were alive) to run another multibillon dollar energy trading company, correct?
You wouldn't put O.J. Simpson captain in charge of the LA Police Force, right?
You wouldn't hire The Three Stooges to renovate your house, now would you?

10:37 AM  

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