China’s Military Budget Could Soon Be As Big as America’s

China May Be Closing the Gap on U.S. Military Superiority

Frank Kendall – the Pentagon’s undersecretary of defense for acquisitions, technology, and logistics – has repeatedly warned that America’s military advantage over China is evaporating.

The Weekly Standard reports:

While the U.S. military’s budget is being cut, China’s budget has been growing at about 12 percent annually, Kendall said, and may soon be as large as the U.S.’s. China is of particular concern according to the under secretary because “no one’s studied us more — including immediately after the first Gulf War — than the Chinese. And they have been building systems since then designed to counteract some of the things that we have.”

Last month, the Washington Free Beacon reported on a draft of the annual report of the congressional, bipartisan U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission which found:

China’s rapid military modernization is altering the military balance of power in the Asia Pacific in ways that could engender destabilizing security competition between other major nearby countries, such as Japan and India, and exacerbate regional hotspots such as Taiwan, the Korean Peninsula, the East China Sea, and the South China Sea.

And Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel noted in August:

China and Russia have been trying to close the technology gap by pursuing and funding long-term, comprehensive military modernization programs.

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They are also developing anti-ship, anti-air, counter-space, cyber, electronic warfare and special operations capabilities that appear designed to counter traditional U.S. military advantages.

(The defense contractors are of course saying that we need to increase military spending.  But America’s military would be much further ahead if we hadn’t squandered trillions of dollars on staggering idiocy, pursued a foreign policy which has weakened our national security, and allowed rampant and unchecked fraud to plunge our economy into disarming levels of debt.)

Offensive … Or Defensive?

I was born and raised in the U.S., and lived here all my life. So America’s national security is my number one concern.

And as an American, I simply don’t want any other country to match U.S. military superiority.  I want “my team” to be top dog.

But blaming China for being bellicose and militaristic may be a little one-sided.   From another perspective, China is just acting defensively.

For example, historians say that declining empires tend to attack their rising rivals … so the risk of world war is rising because the U.S. feels threatened by the rising empire of China.

Indeed, the U.S. government considers economic rivalry to be a basis for war. And (according to one measure) China’s economy is already bigger than America’s.

The U.S. is in fact systematically using its military to contain China’s growing economic influence.

We warned in 2012 that the U.S. had re-started the Cold War with Russia. Indeed, the U.S. has been encircling Russia for decades, and may be attempting to carry out regime change in that country.  China may not sit idly by while Russia – its close ally and economic partner – is challenged.

China has also warned against an attack on Iran. This is relevant because the U.S. made the decision to threaten to bomb Iran before 9/11,  has been actively planning regime change in Iran for 20 years, and actually carried out regime change 60 years ago.

Indeed, the U.S. may be attempting to carry out regime change in China itself.

In addition, we’re in the middle of a currency war, and China is eroding the dollar’s status as world reserve currency.  Currency wars often lead to shooting wars.

And numerous top financial experts warn that the U.S. may launch World War 3 to distract the public from our failing economy.

So while China’s military build-up is troubling, it’s not entirely surprising.

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  • disenchanted

    Oh brother! How can so many people be so dumb? Can’t they see, observe, think for themselves? Seems not. Either belligerent, or think they have a god given right to squash others.
    The bread, circus, etc seems to be holding very true for the majority.
    If a dust up occurs, its not going to bode well for the majority, that’s for sure.
    Someone suggested the reason global warming isn’t taken seriously is because the wealthy will zoom off into outer space. The joke might be they land in HELLish conditions. Poetic justice!

  • Jeremy Grimm

    Much of our research, defense and other is done by Chinese graduate students at our Universities. We encourage other countries to send their best students here where we train them, often displacing our own students, and consuming resources created and at one time supported by our tax dollars, at least in the state colleges and universities. Some of these highly trained people stay here, some go home to China and some go elsewhere. The knowledge goes with them. The components in our military hardware come from lengthy, increasingly narrow and increasingly fragile supply chains that often end with vendors and manufacturers in China. “Our” corporations have moved industrial research to China and India, following after the programming and design jobs, that followed after the manufacturing jobs we sent to China and India and elsewhere. With all these jobs went a lot of “know-how” and proprietary knowledge that resides and grows where the jobs moved. We provided much of the capital that China and India have used to build up their industrial bases. Now we’re worried about China overtaking our military superiority? I think that horse left the barn a long time ago.

    Many of the counter-measures the Chinese are developing seem to be chiefly defensive. I don’t think defense of the country is as important in America as passing money to defense firms. I remain mystified by the Navy’s response to the Millennium Challenge 2002 — build more ships? If the Chinese focus on defense per se defense, it’s my impression that it’s much more difficult to project force any where in the world the way we seem need to do, than to blunt the edge of those forces projected against you from a distance. As for Infowars and Cyberattacks, the Chinese build our hardware. Doesn’t that bother anyone? I don’t know for sure but I suspect that knocking down the Internet in the U.S. would have a much greater impact on us that knocking down the Internet in China would have on them. What if the Chinese just hit us in our bank accounts via the dilapidated U.S. banking system networks? What about the threat of just shutting off the supply chains for our industry at the source? Could China absorb its own output if it wanted? Could we quickly jump start our industries again? If this country is rattling swords at China, Russia, even Iran as this blog suggests, we could be in a sorry state of hurt should any of them take us up on challenge. World War III would definitely take our minds off the sorry state of the economy.

  • dougdiggler

    Not even close. The US no longer spends as much as all other nations combined on military spending, just the top 15 or so. Maybe some of that is due to US pressure on NATO allies to also spend 2% of GDP on weapons? Nevertheless I don’t think China wants to go bankrupt as fast as Uncle Sugar. China’s security apparatus doesn’t seem to interfere with nations not directly bordering China, not like certain global superpowers in decline.
    I pray that our nation can get its act together and realize the path to maintaining world dominance might be INCREASING ITS STANDARD OF LIVING instead of antagonizing emerging powers. If Americans live in penury as a result of theft by oligarchic institutions, they might take a chance on new overlords (think Fall of the Roman Empire, I know I do, every day). If you are not pushing for a program of economic development (maybe starting with infrastructure modernization) then maybe you should invest in learning Mandarin? How about instead of an arms race, we have an economic development race? Which Power can have the highest proportion of doctors to citizens? Which Power will have the longest life expectancy? Which Power will have the highest standard of living and wages in the middle of the 21st century?

  • jadan

    “And as an American, I simply don’t want any other country to match U.S. military superiority. I want “my team” to be top dog.”

    Why?

    The US refuses multilateralism because it hasn’t grown up yet. Adulthood can be defined as the capacity to cooperate with others as an equal partner. This country is still adolescent, regards itself as exceptional, and indulges fantasies of super hero status because so many feel exactly as you do and call it “patriotic”. They feel their identity threatened because another nation is a peer and capable of kicking Uncle Sam’s ass. This is a grossly stupid and destructive attitude.

    We’re either going to persist in this adolescent delusion and destroy ourselves and our world, or we’re going to grow up. The choice is ours!