Chinese Admiral and NPC Spokeswoman Justifies Arms Race with the US

Real Admiral Yin Zhuo (centre) registers for the CPPCC conference in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

Real Admiral Yin Zhuo (centre) registers for the CPPCC conference in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

NPC spokeswoman Fu Ying at the pre-meeting news conference on Tuesday. Photo: Xinhua

NPC spokeswoman Fu Ying at the pre-meeting news conference on Tuesday. Photo: Xinhua

SCMP says in its report yesterday, China’s “Rear Admiral Yin Zhuo, a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, told the Southern Metropolis Daily that the US spends six times more than China on defence.”

According to SCMP, to further justify China’s increase in military spending, Yin said,“Its [America’s] total GDP is twice ours, so its military spending is more than six times ours. What qualifications does it have to criticise China’s military spending for being too high?”

In another report today, SCMP quotes NPC spokeswoman Fu Ying as saying, Chinese “people couldn’t live and work in peace and contentment if we don’t have a strong and powerful defence capability.”

According to SCMP, “she denied that the drive to modernise the People’s Liberation Army – supported by China’s double-digit economic growth in the past 20 years – was in part a response to regional neighbours’ territorial disputes with Beijing and the shift in the Obama administration’s policy focus, or the so-called a ‘pivot to Asia’”.

That is typical diplomatic language. As far back as in January 29, 2012, I said in my post “CHINA STEPS UP ITS NAVY BUILDUP”, “In July 2010, China reacted angrily at statements concerning South China Sea disputes by US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton during an Asean security gathering.” Since then China has been “conducting an arms race with America in earnest. It now wants to catch up with and surpass America in military strength as soon as possible because it believes that America wants to bully it.”

The developments since then have proved that I am right. Since then, China has spent a lot to import military technology related to submarine, aircraft, warship, aircraft carrier, etc. The 10% increase in military budget is far from enough for China’s military spending as the government has been subsidized by enterprises in its expensive weapon developments.

The best example is China’s development of stealth fighter jets. Chinese government only funds the development of J-20 stealth fighter, but Chinese aviation industry is developing in addition, J-18 VTOL and J-23, J-25 and J-31 stealth fighters at the expense of the enterprises that develop them.

US government, however, has to enable its weapon producers not only to recover their costs but also earn profits in their weapon development.

Therefore, if we calculate China’s military spending in terms of comparable effects, China’s spending is much bigger than the US and the US will certainly loses in the arms race even if China’s economic growth slows down.

Sources: SCMP “Big defence spender US has no right to criticise China military budget, says admiral” and “Don’t doubt it – China’s ramped-up military spending not a threat to US or Asia, NPC official says”

Related posts:

  • CHINA STEPS UP ITS NAVY BUILDUP date January 29, 2012
  • Arms Race between China and America dated March 5, 2012
  • In Its Arms Race with America China Launches Two Satellites for Its GPS System dated April 30, 2012
  • China: Intensive Arms Race Causes Stress on Elite Engineers dated November 6, 2012
  • Arms Craze: Aircraft Carrier Style takes off in China dated November 27, 2012
  • Chinese Dream and China’s Arms Race with the US January 8, 2013
  • China’s Mysterious F-60 Sixth-Generation Stealth Fighter Jet Appeared on Expressway dated November 2, 2013

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