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China's Party Chief Tells Army to Be Ready for War
    #3200862 - 09/30/04 07:00 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)


China's Party Chief Tells Army to Be Ready for War

Reuters | September 30 2004

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese Communist Party chief and President Hu Jintao has urged the People's Liberation Army (PLA) to prepare for a military struggle, but stopped short of singling out rival Taiwan as the target.

Many security analysts see the Taiwan Strait as the most dangerous flashpoint in Asia. China claims sovereignty over Taiwan and has threatened to attack if the democratic island of 23 million people declares independence.

Hu, who assumed the role of military chief less than two weeks ago, told the 2.5-million-strong PLA to "seize the moment and do a good job of preparing for a military struggle," the People's Daily and the Liberation Army Daily said on Thursday.

Hu did not say against whom the struggle might be fought.

But on Wednesday, a spokesman for China's policymaking Taiwan Affairs Office accused Taiwan Premier Yu Shyi-kun of clamoring for war with threats to fire missiles at Shanghai if the PLA attacked the self-ruled island.

Taiwan needed a counter-strike capability, Yu said in defense of plans to buy T$610.8 billion (US$18.2 billion) worth of weapons from the United States.

He made the remarks hours before thousands of people took to the streets of Taipei on Saturday to demand the government scrap the weapons package they said would trigger an arms race with China and squeeze social welfare and state spending on education.

Tension between China and Taiwan has been simmering since the re-election in March of the island's President Chen Shui-bian, who Beijing is convinced will push for statehood during his second four-year term.

Beijing and Taipei have been rivals since their split at the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949, but trade, investment and tourism have blossomed since detente in the late 1980s.

Hu also urged the PLA, the world's biggest army, to "comprehensively revolutionize, modernize and standardize," newspapers said. No details were given.

Hu, 61, replaced Jiang Zemin, 78, as chairman of the Central Military Commission on Sept. 19, completing the most orderly leadership succession in the 55 years since the Communist Party took power.

The following day he promoted two senior officers in a move that was likely to help consolidate his position in the PLA.

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Re: China's Party Chief Tells Army to Be Ready for War [Re: ekomstop]
    #3200867 - 09/30/04 07:01 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)


China may have 800 missiles targeting Taiwan in 2006, Taipei warns

AFP | September 30 2004

China is likely to have 800 ballistic missles targeting Taiwan before the end of 2006, Taipei's defense minister said Thursday as he pressed the case for an 18 billion dollar special defence budget.

Lee Jye told parliament's defense committee that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) now operates some 600 short-range ballistic missiles -- mostly deployed in coastal provinces facing Taiwan.

"The number of Dong Feng-11 and Dong Feng-15 ballistic missiles is expected to rise to 800 before the end of 2006," Lee said.

Should war break out in the Taiwan Strait, the PLA could launch five waves of extensive strikes lasting for 10 hours, he said.

"They may also fire 200-odd cruise missiles from bases 1,000 mileskilometers) away from Taiwan to attack the island's key targets," Lee said.

"Given missile defensive capabilities, we are hardly able to cope with the threat."

Since pro-independence president Chen Shui-bian was re-elected in March, Beijing has stressed its long-standing vow to take Taiwan by force should it declare formal independence.

Lee said Taiwan's other armed forces are also inferior to China's and China's sustained rise in military spending is expected further to tilt the balance towards the mainland in coming years.

The number of China's second-generation military aircraft like the Russian-made Su-27 and Su-30 may increase to 400 in two years from 300 now, he said.

China's military spending, which rose at an average double-digit rate over the past decade, is estimated at 24.5 billion US dollars in 2004.

Taiwan's defense outlays in 2004 were 264.1 Taiwan dollars (7.76 billion after peaking in 1999 at 284.5 billion Taiwan dollars.

Military analysts say the island's military commands, communications, airports and seaports would be vulnerable to surprise missile attacks.

Taiwan has put into service three US-made PAC-2 anti-missile systems to protect the greater Taipei area, and is planning to acquire six more improved PAC-3 systems.

The Patriot weaponry is part of a controversial arms sales package offered by US President George W. Bush in April 2002.

The cabinet has approved plans to spend 610 billion Taiwan dollarsbillion US) on the package, which also includes eight US-built submarines and a fleet of submarine-hunting P-3C aircraft, over a 15-year period from 2005.

The deal will go to parliament for approval towards the end of the year.

Li Weiyi, spokesman for China's Taiwan Affairs Office, Wednesday criticized Taiwan's proposed arms package. He cited a protest rally staged in Taipei over the weekend as proof that it was not supported by the island's people.

"For the Chinese people, there is nothing more important or holy than protecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China," Li said.

Tensions escalated over the weekend when Taiwan Premier Yu Shyi-kun threatened to strike Shanghai with missiles if major cities in Taiwan were attacked.

Media reports have suggested Taiwan is involved in research efforts to improve its missile capability, some of which could eventually hit cities on China's east coast.

The two sides split in 1949 at the end of a civil war on the mainland which was won by the communists.

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Re: China's Party Chief Tells Army to Be Ready for War [Re: ekomstop]
    #3202665 - 10/01/04 03:29 AM (13 years, 6 months ago)

In terms of realpolitik:

I think the plan is to neuter the chinese threat by controlling the flow of oil. If the saudi royalty is already in our pocket and Iraq's oil fields under 'our' control, the chinese will eventually have to come to us (more so than now) to get oil. Their expense becomes our profit. Military action against us by the chinese will become even less viable.

"Our" is used loosely.

My advice would be to wait until the powers that be here, fight the powers that be there, and when they are weak from fighting - we feast on elite blood pudding.

Sort of like RISK

speaking of that:


If you want a free lunch, you need to learn how to eat good advice.

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Re: China's Party Chief Tells Army to Be Ready for War [Re: FrankieJustTrypt]
    #3206898 - 10/02/04 03:47 PM (13 years, 6 months ago)

nice posts... didn't find that rueters so thanks for that.

'I'm the commander see, I don't need to explain, I do not need to
explain why I say things. That's the interesting thing about being the president.
Maybe somebody needs to explain to me why they say something,
but I don't feel like I owe anybody an explanation.'
- George W. Bush

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