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From the washingtonpost.com article:
China announced Tuesday that it will again sharply increase its military spending this year, budgeting a 17.6 percent rise that is roughly equal to last year’s increase.

Disclosure of plans for a $59 billion outlay in 2008 followed a Pentagon report Monday that raised questions about China’s rapidly increasing military budget, and came less than three weeks before a presidential election in Taiwan, the self-governed island over which China claims sovereignty.

A Chinese government spokesman said the country’s decade-long military buildup does “not pose a threat to any country,” but he warned that relations with Taiwan were at a “crucial stage” and that the island would “surely pay a dear price” if it were to take steps that China viewed as a declaration of independence.

At the same time Taiwanese choose a president, they also will vote on a referendum issue asking whether the island should apply for U.N. membership under the name Taiwan.

China’s reported $59 billion budget is still a fraction of what the United States spends each year on its armed forces. President Bush last month requested $515 billion to fund the Pentagon in fiscal 2009, a 7.5 percent increase, plus $70 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The United States has pressed China to be more open about its intentions as the scope of its military capabilities and pace of spending increase. At a Pentagon briefing Monday, David Sedney, deputy assistant defense secretary for East Asia, reiterated the U.S. view that China’s defense establishment still severely underreports total spending and has not been clear about its intentions.

“China’s military buildup has been characterized by opacity,” Sedney told reporters, and “by the inability of people in the region and around the world to really know what ties together the capabilities that China’s acquiring with the intentions it has.”

The Pentagon report said China’s near-term focus remains on preparations for potential problems in the Taiwan Strait. But China’s nuclear force modernization, its growing arsenal of advanced missiles and its development of space and cyberspace technologies are changing military balances in Asia and beyond, the report concluded.

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From the article:
A commission concludes that China’s growing arsenal is being developed in ways designed to confront the United States. Clearly the People’s Republic is doing more these days than preparing for the 2008 Olympics.

The full report of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission released last week details the scope of China’s military buildup and the extent to which it is aimed at defeating the U.S. in any conflict over Taiwan.

“The Commission concluded that China is developing its military in ways that enhance its capacity to confront the United States,” the report states. “For example, China has developed capability to wage cyber-warfare and to destroy surveillance satellites overhead as part of its tactical, asymmetrical warfare arsenal.”

Gen. James E. Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the commission that China is actively engaging in cyber-reconnaissance by probing the computer networks of U.S. government agencies as well as private companies.

The last paragraph of the article:
Former supreme leader Deng Xiaoping advised China’s military to “hide our capacities and bide our time, be good at maintaining a low profile.” Beijing’s ultimate weapon may be patience.

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From the article:
With a deafening roar, eight Mirage fighter jets shoot upward from the darkened runway at Taiwan’s Hsinchu Air Force Base, armed with a deadly array of missiles and a mission to knock out incoming Chinese warplanes.

It’s only a simulation, of course, but the tensions are always real, and lately have ratcheted up over an ambitious political gambit by Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian that has rattled both China and the U.S., Taiwan’s closest ally.

At issue is Chen’s plan for a public referendum next year on Taiwan seeking entry to the United Nations. Beijing views the referendum as a direct challenge to its claim that Taiwan is part of China.

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Diplomacide Mothballed

Diplomacide has been mothballed.
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