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Doesn't "Ma's Taiwan" have a mind of its own or is it too as snug a puppet on an American string as South Korea and Japan???
I sometimes also wonder if these tit for tats between Washington and Beijing might not in fact be Washington's ploy [at getting Beijing to spill more of its beans so to speak] as the following might be leaning towards:
I mean from ASAT to [anti-ship DF-21s that the Americans can't knock out of the skies][/b to an ABM system distinctly our own is not far fetched given how "science and technology can be applied to various applications" both military and civilian hence not that big of a deal for us to over come.
In fact, from the onset of our ASAT test, I told people that what we are looking at, in essence, is none other but our very own ABM/Anti-Missile System at work...
A toast, to the of our labor Dear comrades. We deserved it. ....
(Below copy & pasted from the CMF site)
China says missile defense system test successful
Mon Jan 11, 10:39 am ET
BEIJING – China's military successfully tested a system for intercepting missiles in mid-flight on Monday, state media reported.
Few details were given about the test, with the official Xinhua News Agency saying only that "ground-based midcourse missile interception technology" was tested within Chinese territory and achieved the expected objective.
"The test is defensive in nature and is not targeted at any country," Xinhua said.
The report follows repeated complaints in recent days by Beijing over the sale by the U.S. of weaponry to Taiwan, including PAC-3 air defense missiles. These sales are driven by threats from China to use force to bring the island under its control, backed up by an estimated 1,300 Chinese ballistic missiles positioned along the Taiwan Strait.
Communist-ruled China split with Taiwan amid civil war in 1949 and continues to regard the self-governing democracy as part of its territory. Beijing has warned of a disruption in ties with Washington if the sale goes ahead, but has not said what specific actions it would take.
China's military is in the middle of a major technology upgrade, spurred on by double digit annual percentage increases in defense spending. Missile technology is considered one of the military's particular strengths, allowing it to narrow the gap with the U.S. and other armed forces.
Xinhua did not further identify the system tested, although China is believed to be pursuing a number of programs aimed at shooting down stealth aircraft and downing or disabling cruise missiles and precision-guided weapons.
Damn! Should we spill our beans as we do every time they ship something to Taiwan? I hope not. Otherwise, what will they do with their EP-3's, their USS Impecables, and their S-71's ????
[ Last edited by edisonone at 2010-1-11 03:25 PM ]