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USA: Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2011

September 1, 2011 – 1:35 pm

I just came across this document titled “Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2011″. It is written by the USA and report for the US government to get an overview over China’s military and security situation.

Here is the link: http://www.defense.gov/pubs/pdfs/2011_cmpr_final.pdf

The document is pretty big and I only read a few parts. Let me point out a few highlights that caught my interest:

  • p. 16: Map of China’s border disputes
  • p. 16f: New missions for China’s army: peacekeeping and protecting China’s interests beyond its border.
  • p. 17: “Most recently, the PLA employed lift assets to assist in the evacuation of PRC citizens from Libya.”
  • p. 20/21: Where does China get its oil delivered from?
  • p. 35: How far do China’s intercontinental missiles reach?
  • p. 41: China’s military spending (2010 estimated at $US160 billion)
  • p. 67f: China’s arms sales

The USA really seems to be concerned, that it might lose its leading position sooner or later. Currently the USA invests incredible sums into its military, but that will only help for a while. For a long term success, my suggestion to the USA is: Increase population, make more babies. Otherwise, accept that you will be at place 3 at some point in the future, behind India and China.

  1. 4 Responses to “USA: Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2011”

  2. I don’t see USA no 3 any time soon :) And USA have allies surrounding China, so it’s a tricky situation. It will be interesting to follow the developments, but I would say S. Korea and Japan together are as strong as China and N. Korea together. And then there’s USA keeping the balance and the status quo. I worry more about China/Taiwan and China/Vietnam developments – it’s much more tricky.

    By My Kafkaesque life on Sep 1, 2011

  3. It’s funny how many people seem to think that the U.S. alone would have to counterbalance China. That division of labor won’t be sustainable, not even if America remains the number one, which I believe is quite likely.

    As MKL says – the U.S. may keep the balance (just as Lee Kuan Yew suggests they should). But if South Korea, Japan, Taiwan or Vietnam want the status to remain as it is, they will need to do their own share, too.

    This is what I find strange, too, when reading green-minded Taiwanese blogs. America may have interests abroad, but they have interests at home, too. Uncle Sam isn’t there to save the world.

    By justrecently on Sep 1, 2011

  4. yes, the USA is the leading military power right now. But how do you see the situation in 20 or 50 years? India’s and China’s economies grow faster than the US economy. Furthermore, there are voices inside the US, that its military budget is to high. They are a minority right now, but that might change.

    I don’t think China will change the status quo with military force.

    By Hendrik on Sep 2, 2011

  5. I don’t think China is capable of introducing the major social changes that would be needed to also take the lead in terms of innovation or culture. Chinese society is now where Europe was 500 years ago – and if the same things happen in China like those that happened in Europe, it will be a very unstable time – for the whole world.
    Perhaps, China might have the biggest GDP in the world in 30 years, but it won’t overtake the US or even only any major European nation in terms of soft power.

    If you, for instance, look at Japan (which is socially much further than China) you can understand the problems that lay ahead for China if it wants to become a real super power.

    By Aremonus on Sep 2, 2011

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