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An all too real threat from China

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by dhwbailey, Feb 11, 2010.

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  1. dhwbailey

    dhwbailey Member

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    This is a very real possibility. With the majority of Western World manufacturing capacity now in China, they could bring us too our knees in a month by cutting off exports.
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    China PLA officers urge economic punch against U.S.

    Tue Feb 9, 11:59 AM

    By Chris Buckley

    BEIJING (Reuters) - Senior Chinese military officers have proposed that their country boost defense spending, adjust PLA deployments, and possibly sell some U.S. bonds to punish Washington for its latest round of arms sales to Taiwan.

    The calls for broad retaliation over the planned U.S. weapons sales to the disputed island came from officers at China's National Defence University and Academy of Military Sciences, interviewed by Outlook Weekly, a Chinese-language magazine published by the official Xinhua news agency.

    The interviews with Major Generals Zhu Chenghu and Luo Yuan and Senior Colonel Ke Chunqiao appeared in the issue published on Monday.

    The People's Liberation Army (PLA) plays no role in setting policy for China's foreign exchange holdings. Officials in charge of that area have given no sign of any moves to sell U.S. Treasury bonds over the weapons sales, a move that could alarm markets and damage the value of China's own holdings.

    While far from representing fixed government policy, the open demands for retaliation by the PLA officers underscored the domestic pressures on Beijing to deliver on its threats to punish the Obama administration over the arms sales.

    "Our retaliation should not be restricted to merely military matters, and we should adopt a strategic package of counter-punches covering politics, military affairs, diplomacy and economics to treat both the symptoms and root cause of this disease," said Luo Yuan, a researcher at the Academy of Military Sciences.

    "Just like two people rowing a boat, if the United States first throws the strokes into chaos, then so must we."

    Luo said Beijing could "attack by oblique means and stealthy feints" to make its point in Washington.

    "For example, we could sanction them using economic means, such as dumping some U.S. government bonds," Luo said.

    The warnings from the PLA come after weeks of strains between Washington and Beijing, who have also been at odds over Internet controls and hacking, trade and currency quarrels, and President Barack Obama's planned meeting with the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan leader reviled by China as a "separatist."

    MILITARY SPENDING BOOST

    Chinese has blasted the United States over the planned $6.4 billion arms package for Taiwan unveiled in late January, saying it will sanction U.S. firms that sell weapons to the self-ruled island that Beijing considers a breakaway province of China.

    China is likely to unveil its official military budget for 2010 next month, when the Communist Party-controlled national parliament meets for its annual session.

    The PLA officers suggested that budget should mirror China's ire toward Washington.

    "Clearly propose that due to the threat in the Taiwan Sea, we are increasing military spending," said Luo.

    Last year, the government set the official military budget at 480.7 billion yuan ($70.4 billion), a 14.9 percent rise on the one in 2008, continuing a nearly unbroken succession of double-digit increases over more than two decades.

    The fresh U.S. arms sales threatened Chinese military installations on the mainland coast facing Taiwan, and "this gives us no choice but to increase defense spending and adjust (military) deployments," said Zhu Chenghu, a major general at China's National Defence University in Beijing.

    In 2005, Zhu stirred controversy by suggesting China could use nuclear weapons if the United States intervened militarily in a conflict over Taiwan.

    The United States switched official recognition from Taiwan to China in 1979. But the Taiwan Relations Act, passed the same year, guarantees Taiwan a continued supply of defensive weapons.

    China has the world's biggest pile of foreign currency reserves, much of it held in U.S. treasury debt. China held $798.9 billion in U.S. Treasuries at end-October.

    But any attempt to use that stake against Washington would probably maul the value of China's own dollar-denominated assets.

    China has condemned previous arms sales, but has taken little action in response to them. But Luo said the country's growing strength meant that time has passed.

    "China's attitude and actions over U.S. weapons sales to Taiwan will be increasingly tough," the magazine cited him as saying. "That is inevitable with rising national strength."

    (Editing by Jeremy Laurence)
     
  2. wireguy

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    The foreign and internal policies of the Obama administration is nothing less than suicidel. The layers and layers of un-constitutional laws enacted against American business, of the kind that actually produced something, has been the same. The republicRATS are just as guilty as the democRATS of pandering to special interests and enacting business killing legislation and taxes, and massive deficit borrowing and sales of bonds to our enemies.
     
  3. b12

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    Thats enough. I am wearing my Harley Davidson boots today. Made in China, don't that beat all.They were given to me when a fellow who bought them seen they were made in chinabommaland.
     
  4. Rimfirejim

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    b12 You mean chinabushland. This just didn't happen.It took eight years. Jim
     
  5. sptnclays

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    Did u forget the $400 million the Chinese "donated" to the dumocratic party when bj Clinton was in orifice?
     
  6. ivanhoe

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    Rimfirejim you mean Chinaclintonland he is the one that opened up the free trade with them. He also signed the NAFTA and sent a lot of our job to Mexicodrugland.

    It took a lot longer than 8 years but only one man to do all the dirty deeds Klintoon and his pet wife.

    Bob Lawless
     
  7. halfmile

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    Clinton sold the missile guidance technology to China. Hence the donation. And The big dog China guy got to sleep in Lincoln's bed.

    Ugh.

    HM
     
  8. H82MIS

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    Do you all remember WalMart pre-Bill Klinton,,?????,,around 1990,1991,,,Look at it now,,,

    All of you smartass Bush bashers need to do some research,,,IDIOTS,,,uninformed idiots,,,
     
  9. dolphin62

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    won't it be a shame if the time comes when.....we will have to build stuff and sell stuff to our own that says made in the usa.

    fuck china....
     
  10. Steve W

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    The President (Chairman) of China is not as stupid as the dumb military war head they interviewed. Dumping U.S. bonds will hurt China more than anyone else. The most dependable "partner" for China's future is U.S.

    China has no choice but keep buying U.S. bonds, where else they can put their money? Spain? U.K.? Germany? or Brazil? Who will be the last to fold in the world is where you put your money. We pretty much got them by the ball.
     
  11. Browning Boy

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    I saw on the news last night that China holds $750 billion of USA debt. You wonder why we are buying everything from them.




    George Ware
     
  12. BIGbill

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    If I owe my banker $1000, he owns me; if I owe my banker $10,000,000 I own him.
     
  13. chuckles

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    China may hold billion's of American notes and it can buy all the American property it wants but if push ever comes to shove we would just Nationalize everything and it becomes a dead issue.....1954 Cuba is a case in point...

    America and rest of the world needs China's cheap goods and will continue to buy from them until someone somewhere presents a cheaper alternative...

    Bottom line is Military sophistication, controll of near space, GeoPolitical Sphere of Influence, who has the better Trap game...... and America is ahead by a long pull...

    So there you go...
     
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