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To: familyop
"Certainly they have limitations now. We don't exaggerate their capability. And they, too, seem realistic about their capability. But they seem to have a very patient strategy of investment, planning, just growing over time. And five years from now, ten years from now, they can expect that maybe the balance of forces will be different than it is now," he said.

This is a very serious statement from a high government official.

Considering how often the word "surprising" is applied by the analysts who study Red China's military progress, well, I wouldn't expect anything except sharp revisions downward on those time scales.

I think that we should cease all normal trade relations with the PRC. I don't know how much effect that will have at this late juncture, but I believe that we are still the largest source of their profits. It's foolish of us to continue to build up the world's largest totalitarian state.

18 posted on 05/24/2006 4:02:27 AM PDT by snowsislander
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To: snowsislander
"Considering how often the word "surprising" is applied by the analysts who study Red China's military progress, well, I wouldn't expect anything except sharp revisions downward on those time scales."

Yes. Here's our problem. Many of our officer veterans of the Vietnam years (including some in the Pentagon) continue to equate such Asians with monkeys (not me--them, as I've listened to too many of them) and assume that they are not intelligent enough to learn from our university engineering programs and to update military hardware. ...bad mistake, but what should we expect from the time of our hippies but vanities? Now the hippie generation is making big bucks ("live for today, but don't worry 'bout tomorrow, yeah, yeah") off of the Chinese.

Quite a few Freepers bow to the FAS site, too, though the FAS lefties are running nothing more than an antique show to lull us. Our US Defense publishes newer stuff than the FAS anti-defense freaks.

Sadly for all of us, they'll be even more surprised in the near future, if they don't stop underestimating certain foreign nations.
33 posted on 05/24/2006 11:35:16 AM PDT by familyop ("Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists." --President Bush)
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