2012-03-10 (China Military News cited from onenewsnow.com and by Chad Groening) — As China prepared for its 17th annual Communist Party Congress, Beijing announced a new defense budget of approximately $106 billion, which equates to an 11.2-percent increase. That announcement comes at a time when the Obama administration, despite calling for a higher priority in Asia, is busily reducing the U.S. defense outlay.
Dean Cheng (Heritage)Dean Cheng is a research fellow at the Asian Studies Center at The Heritage Foundation. He says there are two aspects of Chinese defense priorities that are problematical. For one thing, he says the Chinese are focused on countering the U.S. military — not providing support for maintaining international order and sustaining global trade.
“So they buy things like anti-ship ballistic missiles — which really are of use only against things like American aircraft carriers, but not against, say, Somali pirates,” he offers.
And Cheng says the Chinese have another advantage. “… Because its military is still more of a local military operating near China rather than around the world like the U.S. military, [China] can put all of its resources up against only a portion of the U.S. military.”
The researcher adds that the Chinese Communist Party appears to be increasingly asserting itself not only against U.S. interests but also against its neighbors — Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea.