More on China's military
By avalon on May 24, 2006
In a local newspaper, The China Daily, there is a story on the Pentagon report, comparing it with cold-war days. For the sake of mentioning it, the China Daily puts Chinese spending on their military at USD$30.bn whereas the LA Times says that this number is understated and should be at least USD$50bn, if not closer to USD$100bn.
The problem for China, as I see it, is that compared to all of the other countries in the world (exlcuding India), it has a massive population with an equally large army. It is quite natural for others to fear this.
If you're a 4' dwarf, it doesn't matter if the 6'6" giant standing next to you is aggressive or not, when he tells you he works out a couple of times a week and trains in martial arts, you are going to feel some level of fear.
That aside, I'm sure the American military would love another cold war to justify their government spending billions of dollars more than they need to on defense and so it is in their own self interest to produce reports; such as the one that has been produced.
The unfortunate point of all of this is that for the ordinary person in the street, like you and me, we have no way of knowing what the real truth is and are left with lots of conflicting information from Governments that none of us trust 100%. Amongst all of this, we still have to make up our own mind about what is really going on in this world.