Senior Colonel: China should displace U.S. to be strongest country militarily

11:18, March 02, 2010      

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According to Reuters, Liu Mingfu, a professor of National Defense University and a Senior Colonel of People's Liberation Army (PLA), has published his new book named "The China Dream". In the book, he points out that China should build the world's strongest military and move swiftly to displace the United States as the global "champion."

In the report, the British media said Liu Mingfu, a Senior Colonel of PLA, calls for China to abandon modesty about its global goals and "sprint to become world number one" and warns that his nation's ascent will alarm Washington, risking war despite Beijing's hopes for a "peaceful rise."

Liu writes in his book that "China's big goal in the 21st century is to become world number one, the top power", and if not, "China will become a straggler that is cast aside".

"As long as China seeks to rise to become world number one ... then even if China is even more capitalist than the U.S., the U.S. will still be determined to contain it," he writes.

Rivalry between the two powers is a "competition to be the leading country, a conflict over who rises and falls to dominate the world," says Liu.

According to Reuters, the book does not represent China's policy, which has been "far less strident about the nation's goals." However, "The China Dream" does testify that China and its Communist Party leadership have been carrying homegrown pressures on how to translate the country's fast economic growth into greater sway against the west.

Reuters says "The next marker of how China's leaders are handling these expectations may come later this week, when the government is likely to announce its defense budget for 2010, after a 14.9 percent rise last year on the one in 2008."

"This book represents my personal views, but I think it also reflects a tide of thought," Liu told Reuters in an interview. "We need a military rise as well as an economic rise."

Another PLA officer said this year's defense budget should send a defiant signal to Washington after the Obama administration went ahead in January with long-known plans to sell 6.4 billion U.S. dollars worth of arms to Taiwan.

According to Alan Romberg, an expert on China at the Henry L. Stimson Center, an institute in Washington D.C., such "elite opinion" is one part of "public opinion" that China's leadership pays attention to, and includes opinions from PLA.

Liu's book was officially published in January, but is only now being sold in Beijing bookstores.

Southern Daily contributed to the story

By People's Dailiy Online/Reuters
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