Sunday, June 26, 2005

The Dragon Dons New Robes

Hat tip to Neale News for this story from Bill Gertz of the Washington Times.

China is building its military forces faster than U.S. intelligence and military analysts expected, prompting fears that Beijing will attack Taiwan in the next two years, according to Pentagon officials.

U.S. defense and intelligence officials say all the signs point in one troubling direction: Beijing then will be forced to go to war with the United States, which has vowed to defend Taiwan against a Chinese attack. China's military buildup includes an array of new high-technology weapons, such as warships, submarines, missiles and a maneuverable warhead designed to defeat U.S. missile defenses. Recent intelligence reports also show that China has stepped up military exercises involving amphibious assaults, viewed as another sign that it is preparing for an attack on Taiwan. .....

..... China's economy has been growing at a rate of at least 10 percent for each of the past 10 years, providing the country's military with the needed funds for modernization. The combination of a vibrant centralized economy, growing military and increasingly fervent nationalism has transformed China into what many defense officials view as a fascist state.

"We may be seeing in China the first true fascist society on the model of Nazi Germany, where you have this incredible resource base in a commercial economy with strong nationalism, which the military was able to reach into and ramp up incredible production," a senior defense official said. For Pentagon officials, alarm bells have been going off for the past two years as China's military began rapidly building and buying new troop- and weapon-carrying ships and submarines.

I have been concerned for some time that the Chinese oligarchs are transforming China from a Maoist to a fascist state. With Marxist-Leninism-Maoism being thoroughly discredited because of its manifest economic and social failures, turning to fascism enables the old communist oligarchy to maintain its grip on power. They can mobilize the productive capacity of capitalism without worrying about the tempering effects of democracy on their actions. We have much to concerned about in these developments.


At 2:47 pm, June 26, 2005 , Blogger Kermit said...

Comment 1 - this post - China is -

Aha - the People's Republic of China - so glad that that you brought that up, Sara. Not just infanticide, but also student-o-cide. We just passed (less than a fortnight ago) the 16th anniversary of the really ugly business of Tieneman (sp?) Square.

More reality check on the PRC.(1) U.N. can't do anything because the PRC is a permanent member of the Security Counsel and has the power of VETO over military actions. (2) the PRC has a larger number of divisions of heavy armor and artillery than the Sudanese. This scares the crap out of everbody (and the fact that they possess nuclear weapons). This includes scaring the crap out of most sane people. (3) How many pieces of clothing, toys, kitchen utensils and things do you have that are made in the PRC? You probably couldn't afford all that stuff if it didn't come from oversees sweatshops. If you want to start punishing the PRC, stop buying they're products. Your own countrymen and women could probably feed their families better if they were the ones making your frilly underthings.

The particular response was to a comment left on...

The off post comment, is to your most recent post at the BOG...

OFF POst -

I'm learning everything that I know about the depths to which I will sink from the Demorats. The bog is a muddy place and you can really sink!

K of Green :) ;0 ;)

At 10:00 pm, June 26, 2005 , Blogger John the Mad said...

You may be web-footed, but you speak words of great wisdom. The idea was, as I recall, that trading with China would open the country up to democratic reform. This does not appear to be happening. Instead they are becoming fascist.

You can't buy a TV anymore that is not made there.

As for frilly underthings, I must point out that my Catholic beliefs do not permit me to wear such things, regardless of their country of origin.

I was shocked to see a bog dwelling frog stooping to cat photos. This is a low point indeed.

At 10:22 pm, June 26, 2005 , Blogger Linda said...

So, no more shopping at the Dollar Stores, and only selectively at Wal-Mart... it does make one wonder how it is possible to be a responsible consumer in this day and age. Geo-politically-speaking, China is indeed worrisome -- and Canada keeps cozying up. It fits.


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