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West's pressure no sway on China's defense budget

(Global Times)

10:55, February 29, 2012

China will announce this year's defense budget at the upcoming annual two sessions - the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

We hope that the Chinese government will maintain an annual double-digit percentage increase regardless of the pressure from the West.

China's defense budget grew by 12.7 percent in 2011 after falling to 7.5 percent in 2010. The criticism of Western media on China's defense budget was more or less alleviated then.

But when the increase came to a double-digit percentage last year, the West renewed its criticism. China should avoid big fluctuations of its defense budget increase so public can keep stable expectation of it.

This year China will slow its economic growth, but the effective part of the economy will not contract. Government revenue will continue to increase. It has sufficient resources to support the military budget increase.

Both China and the West have become used to criticizing China for its rapid increase in military spending. The scale of the harm to China's security from these criticisms is far lower than the defense industry profits brought about by the increase.

We should be able to see that as China gradually rises, the international vigilance against China has reached its apogee.

Without a formidable national defense, those irrational sentiments against China would worsen. Some might even turn into action.

As the world's foremost military power, the US has made China the focus of its strategic defense. Its vigilance is not that inscrutable.

But history proves that the US is prone to hasty military actions. When the US is confident of winning, it tends to use its military pressure in direct fashion.

As China has stepped into the frontline of international political confrontations, it must speed up its national defense power.

The Taiwan question has not been solved. Disputes around China's neighboring islands may escalate. The involvement of great powers will add intensity to the Asia-Pacific situation. Right now, China cannot rely on diplomacy for defense.

If external elements view China as a weak country, it will lead to chaos. The relationship between China and the world should improve by facing this reality. This is one of the bases for long-term stability in the Asia-Pacific.

China should remain composed in dealing with questions raised from its military spending. The outside world should try to understand the necessity of this increase, but if not, they will get used to it.

China embraces peace. It has nothing to do with how much it spends on its military.

We look forward to a moderate and yet sufficient military spending increase this year.


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PD User at 2012-03-09130.65.109.*
china still use euro and russian invented make weapen still has no any China envented weapen,therefor don"t think against them.
Chinese Singaporean who at 2012-03-08218.186.15.*
CHina needs to be strong in order that the humiliation of the past few hundred years will never ever happen again.To be strong and respected,China needs to be much more stronger than the USA military wise.Nobody will repect you if you are weak in the military.I hope China will step up its military and focus on advanced research and once China becomes more powerful than the USA,the USA will automatically shut up.A bully eg the much hated USA only fears those which are stronger than itself.I hope that China will become much richer and much more powerful than the hated USA that always likes to interfere in the affairs of other countries.
PD User at 2012-03-04113.239.229.*
Many people here want war with America. Ok. Make my day
PD User at 2012-03-03140.247.225.*
United States has no rights to interfere Chinese domestic affairs, just back off.
A contractor at 2012-03-03140.247.225.*
Look, US intelligence organizations such as CIA is spending at least 38 billions on various intelligence operations against China. Currently, there are at least 4 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) above Beijing controlled by CIA monitor every aspects of Chinese leadership movements and intercept electronic communications.

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