Experts cite U.S. military spending data: The U.S. is China’s man to spend 10 times
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According to the” Huffington Post “Web site April 19 Journal article, China has recently released the 2011 National Defense White Paper, which led to many of the impact of rising Chinese military threat to U.S. interests and ideas discussed. Interesting is that these discussions between China and the lack of military capability comparison. So, pay attention to the military budget and the two countries in the homeland, protect people and ensure economic stability in the number of inputs, contribute to a better understanding of this topic.
Sino-US military budget How big? China’s military budget to $ 91.5 billion, U.S. $ 663.8 billion, the U.S. defense budget is seven times more than China. In fact, the U.S. defense budget than China, Britain, Germany, France, Japan, Russia, India and Brazil combined.
land area roughly equivalent to the two countries; China has 9,596,960 square kilometers of land, the U.S. territory of 9,629,091 square kilometers. However, China has 14 neighboring countries, of which four countries have nuclear weapons, some countries in the past also had a war with China. And for the United States, only two neighbors: Canada and Mexico. And that the two countries do not have nuclear weapons, and live in peace with the United States. However, the Chinese armed forces to spend $ 9,534 per square kilometer only to protect its territory, while the United States the figure was $ 68,936.
addition to defend the homeland, the army’s most important function is to protect its people. China has a population of about 36,718,000 1.3 billion, means that China is only spending $ 70 in each body; while the United States spend an average of $ 2119 for the protection of nationals of China 30 times.
Sino-US military relations is not a military problem facing many challenges, but the economic and political interests. Indeed, the military is a necessary function is to protect the country’s economy. The United States has the world’s largest economy, one year’s GDP of 14.6 trillion; the Chinese economy seems weak compared with the United States, only $ 5.75 trillion. China, the U.S. economy is about three times, so it’s defense budget accounts for 4.8% of GDP, while China is only 1.4% of GDP.
active forces between the two countries, China’s active military forces to 228.5 million; little difference between the U.S. and China, 1.58 million 255. Many experts have claimed that the Chinese military is the world’s largest. True, but if we number as the base case, the average Chinese soldiers to protect each 585 citizens, while the United States average 198 soldiers to protect citizens.
In addition, the Chinese soldiers who spend an average of $ 40,043 each, every soldier in the United States who spent $ 420,058, a figure ten times the United States is China. China’s massive army of the government is a large overhead if the Chinese army would like to improve the soldiers food, only $ 5 per day per soldier, the cost of a year is $ 4,000,000,000; this figure is China’s defense budget 4.5%.
China to the United States constitute a threat? According to the U.S. Seventh Fleet Commander Scott – Van – Bass Cote will be February 21, 2011 in Hong Kong on the Asian community say: “We do not believe that China poses a direct threat.” China is America’s enemy? According to the U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Robert Willard-F-7 April 2011 at the National Committee on China-US relations say: “China is not America’s enemy.”
Indeed, China has nuclear weapons. But since 1964, China has made “no first use of nuclear weapons” commitment. China will this commitment also applies to Taiwan; China has pledged not to target nuclear weapons at the United States or Russia. Dates back to 1998, in its defense white paper, China has declared: From the first day of nuclear weapons, China solemnly announced the decision at any time, any environment, no first use of nuclear weapons; after he announced the unconditional against non-nuclear countries nuclear threat or use of nuclear weapons. In 2002, the Chinese emphasis on development of a limited nuclear weapons and nuclear arsenal kept at the minimum level necessary self-defense.
if there will be war between China and the U.S., it will be because the U.S. intervention to support Taiwan independence. Each time the United States arms sales to Taiwan, would give rise to concern and strong protest against China; Sometimes, this will damage the normal high-level Sino-US military exchanges.
Let us look at Taiwan’s military spending, with the same standards it. Taiwan’s annual military spending of $ 10.5 billion, compared to the mainland, it’s small; However, the Taiwan area of ??only 35,980 square kilometers, a population of only 22 million, economies of scale for the $ 736 billion, troops of 29 million. From this point of view, Taiwan to spend $ 291,828 per square kilometer for the defense, the figure is much higher than China’s $ 9,534. Taiwan spend an average of $ 458 for the protection of its people, is China’s 6.5 times, the United States, 70%. Taiwan’s defense spending accounted for 2.5% of GDP, this figure is about twice as much in China. Taiwanese soldiers who each spend an average of 36,206, slightly less than the Chinese mainland. However, each soldier to protect Taiwan, 79 people, higher than China and the United States.
problem is that China has the ability to recover Taiwan. If we look at mainland China’s military spending, it is Taiwan’s nine times. Active duty forces in mainland China ten times the size of Taiwan, and Jinju Taiwan 130 km. China has more than enough for force to recover Taiwan question, the answer is yes. However, China has chosen to exercise restraint and did not choose to use force.
Obama Administration last year approved a $ 6.4 billion arms sales to Taiwan, mainland China this weapon is a pale comparison. Any sales in the results will not be much sense, but will cause more casualties. China does not want Taiwan to use force, but hopes to expand its policy of addressing the three generations before the cause of separation. If we look at the development of cross-strait relations in recent years, we can see that in fact the Chinese mainland and Taiwan are moving away from the danger of war, in peace and prosperity toward the common forward.
former U.S. secretary of state – Henry Kissinger once said: “Diplomacy is the art of binding force.” Therefore, the United States or Taiwan should always consider the full use of diplomatic power and military constraints. Although the current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – Bill Clinton announced, the South China Sea is the U.S. national interest; However, peace and prosperity for all countries, a higher level of real international interest. (Sri Lanka years)