Originally posted by zeeblebot
unless the definition of superpower is redefined to subtract the quality "military", they're not gonna be cr@p.
There's the rub:
China’s actual military outlays are about 70 percent higher than they report publicly, said Tim Huxley, executive director in Asia for the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies. They don’t include weapons purchases from overseas, research and development spending, or revenue generated by China’s own arms exports, according to Huxley.
The U.S. spends about 4 percent of gross domestic product on defense compared with about 1.4 percent in China, Li said. The CIA World Fact Book puts China’s spending at about 4.3 percent of GDP compared with 4.1 percent in the U.S.
In December, China deployed three ships to the Gulf of Aden to help protect commercial shipping in the area from pirates. The nation is also seriously considering building an aircraft carrier, Senior Colonel Huang Xueping said in December.
The Asian country approved a new space-launch center in its southern island province of Hainan and will start construction soon, the official Xinhua News Agency reported on March 2, citing unidentified military sources. The center, approved at the end of last year, will launch rocket carriers as well as providing meteorological and telecommunications services, the report said.
In 2007 China destroyed a weather satellite with a missile launched from a mobile platform, technology that poses “a significant risk to both civilian commercial systems and military systems,” U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General Michael Moseley said in April 2007.
Chinese President Hu Jintao promised his country wouldn’t spark an arms race with its neighbors or pose a military threat to “any country” during a visit to Japan last year.
Japan had called on China to justify its military spending ahead of Hu’s visit, with then Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka Machimura saying he couldn’t “comprehend” why it has risen by more than 10 percent each year for the past 20 years.