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PLA Navy on imperative route to power through reform

By Mao Xiaogang (Beijing Daily)

08:06, December 13, 2011

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

At the Party congress of the People's Liberation Army Navy held on Dec. 6, 2011, Chinese president Hu Jintao urged the navy deputies to accelerate the transformation and modernization of the Navy, and make extended preparations for warfare in order to make greater contributions to safeguarding national security and world peace.

Foreign media sensationalized his remarks and considered them aimed against Barack Obama's recent strengthening of U.S. military deployment in the Asia-Pacific region. A spokesman of the U.S. State Department and the Pentagon repeated the demand for further military transparency from China so as to "help answer some of the doubts about China's intentions."

It is the painful memory of Chinese humiliation that pushes the state to build a powerful navy. Today's Chinese should have a more profound understanding that we must build a powerful modern navy as China is also a maritime power and has a large sea territory as well as sea interests.

In today's world, economic globalization is irreversible. China has extended its border of state interests to a more vast space via an unprecedented degree of participation in the globalization process and international communication as the world's second biggest economic giant and biggest exporter.

A practical question for China is whether it is capable of defending these benefits, whether its military strength will meet the global security demand and to defeat the forces interfering on its path to connecting with the world. The development situation of China today shows the importance and necessity of building a powerful navy has never been so urgent and prominent.

Naval construction is indispensable for any great power. China must have a sea power matching its international status to guard its fulfillment of international obligations as a permanent member of the United Nations and an important member in international society.

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Ny at 2012-01-0269.157.15.*
Quote: " A spokesman of the U.S. State Department and the Pentagon repeated the demand for further military transparency from China so as to "help answer some of the doubts about China"s intentions." "---------------------------------------Wow, the U.S. DEMANDS........?If China answers to the Americans with "transparency" , then the Americans will demand for more transparency every time China does something with its military. Just ignore the Americans with no answers; or just tell them "it is none of their business." ; or maybe China should state categorically that China"s intention is to deter any future aggressor. Period, no further explanation is needed.
Batuapi at 2011-12-1512.48.57.*
Joe was trying to interpret the book of Revelation from the Holy Bible. To me the Antichrist is the combined western power including the United States. Iraq was invaded under falsified intelligence. President George Bush with a smuck on his face excused its effort as an introduction of democracy to Iraq. not withstanding thousands were killed and millions impoverished with a generation without proper education
Joe at 2011-12-15184.174.178.*
The EU, the infrastructure for the Revived Roman Empire, is one of the key players in the last days as foretold in Daniel 7 and Revelation 17. China most certainly will be a part of the Kings of the East found in Revelation 16:12. The global economy focus of Revelation 18 will be ruled over by the world dictator known as the Antichrist. By the way, the Antichrist comes out of the EU, the precursor to the revived Roman Empire, and will control the buying and selling of? the world in the last days, Revelation 13:16, 17. China will join with the Antichrist to stop the Messiah, Jesus Christ from coming back to the earth, Revelation 16:13-16.
Sam Teng at 2011-12-13175.136.52.*
China has a long coastline and many islands to protect its territorial integrity. A strong and modern navy is much needed to achieve this goal. With the increasing international roles China is playing to ensure safety of ships off Africa from Somalia pirates to the Mekong river; and now the frequent detention of Chinese fishing boats by foreign countries, it is greatly justified for China to develop and expand its naval forces for peace and security of its people and territory.
eed at 2011-12-13120.166.29.*
China has every right, to become a superpower, not only in economics, but also the most important thing is, to become a superpower in the military field, do not let the U.S. always continue to threaten the world peace, the only way is, China must be the one of a country which could counterbalance the Western military power.

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