So what is going on in China? Here are a few recent facts:
· Definite acceleration of offensive air and missile developments, including a growing arsenal of ballistic and cruise missiles, including anti-ship missiles and advanced radar-evading stealth combat aircraft.
· Increased aggressive near its coasts, including harassment against US surveillance ships.
· Pursuit of counterspace and cyber capabilities that can be used to disrupt US military operations.
· Purchase of China’s first aircraft carrier (a refurbished Russian ship) will begin sea trials as early as this summer. The Varyag, a Kuznetsov-class carrier, was originally built for the Soviet navy, but construction was interrupted by the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
During a hearing of the Senate Armed Services committee, Navy Adm. Robert F. Willard that China’s intentions behind its decades-long buildup remain hidden and are undermining stability in the Asia-Pacific region.
The four-star admiral said the arms buildup is understandable because of China’s economic rise, but “the scope and pace of its modernization without clarity on China’s ultimate goals remains troubling.”
Read more here. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/apr/12/china-blocks-coastal-waters-enlarges-military/?page=all#pagebreak