Skip to comments.US to hold arms reductions talks with China, Gates says
Posted on 01/20/2010 7:55:43 AM PST by Cheap_Hessian
The US wants to open Cold War-style arms reduction talks with China to prevent future military confrontations, Robert Gates, the US defence secretary, said in New Delhi on Wednesday.
His comments appeared to confirm Washington's acceptance of China as a military superpower amid growing regional concerns over its build-up in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
China is currently undergoing a major overhaul of its armed forces. Beijing's increasing number of nuclear submarine deployments have caused alarm in India, which regards China as its main regional rival.
China has further antagonised India by increasing military co-operation with India's rival Pakistan, which is developing a new deep sea port at Gwadar, and neighbouring Burma.
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china is going to do what china wants, I think, and that is continued build-up, deployment of a pacific navy over the coming decade, etc.
The writing is on the wall for economic and military powers of the 21st century, unfortunately.
The Soviets, and the Imperial Russians before them, had a long history of arms limitation agreements. It was in their ‘national character’ to cut deals in this area. Not sure that the Chinese can be counted on to play the game according to the accepted rules. Then you have their rivalry with India to consider.
Arms reduction treaties only makes sense if there is a rough parity in national power and further spending brings little advantage to either country.
Right now, China’s economy is about half as large as the U.S but it’s military power is nowhere near 50% that of the U.S. So it makes total sense for China to ramp up it’s military as quickly as possible as it’s economy grows....simple national interest.