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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2017 4:21 p.m. PST

"As Alexander de Tocqueville observed nearly two centuries ago, Americans are by nature an optimistic people. This optimism has often been a source of national strength, propelling us to seek ever greater heights.

In certain instances, however, optimism can be dangerous. One such instance is in dealing with China's rise [3]. Many Americans have failed to grapple with the magnitude of China's rise, confident that Beijing will go ultimately go the way [4] of the Soviet Union or Japan in the 1980s. Those making this case can marshall some impressive statistics to bolster [5] their case that America remains far and away the most powerful country in the world. One of the more popular data points they use is defense spending: specifically, that America still spends about four times as much as China on its military.

But comparing the raw numbers is misleading in a number of ways. Some of these are relatively well known: for example, it is generally acknowledged that America is a global power with its military assets dispersed around the world, while China can concentrate its armed forces in Asia. Similarly, military spending fails to account for what is often called the "tyranny of distance." That is, to project military power in Asia, the United States must cross the largest ocean in the world. By contrast, China is located in the center of the action. And, as anyone who works in Washington understands, proximity to power is a power unto itself. Being so close to the battlefield also enables China to implement an anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) strategy by using [6] its territory to deploy large amounts of missiles, aircraft, surveillance systems and radar. In effect, these are unsinkable aircraft carriers…"
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Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member08 Sep 2017 4:27 p.m. PST

Foreign-flagged container ships?

Personal logo Waco Joe Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2017 7:13 p.m. PST

Huh, I thought it was WalMart?

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2017 10:50 p.m. PST

The US defense budget is mostly payroll. A Chinese general probably makes what the US pays a private. That makes a big difference too.

Mike Bunkermeister Creek

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Sep 2017 10:38 a.m. PST



Oberlindes Sol LIC10 Sep 2017 3:06 a.m. PST

@Bunkermeister: To be accurate, a Chinese general's salary is probably equivalent to a US NCO's -- but what Chinese generals make is not limited to their salary, and they make plenty from piracy, prostitution and human trafficking, protection rackets, etc.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Sep 2017 3:40 p.m. PST



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