Archive for the ‘military build up’ Category

Gates to press China on Iran nukes

November 4, 2007

By Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press Writer
November 4, 2007

EN ROUTE TO BEIJING – Robert Gates, making his first visit to China as defense secretary, is expected to press the Chinese to do more to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear capabilities.

Before he left Saturday for the trip, Gates made it clear that he is pursuing a closer alliance with China, and said he doesn’t see the communist giant as a military threat.

But at the same time, senior defense officials said the Pentagon is still frustrated by China’s failure to be more open about its military ambitions. And Gates will probably push China to better explain its anti-satellite test early this year.

In January, a Chinese missile shattered a defunct Chinese weather satellite…..

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China’s military build-up could threaten regional security: US commander

August 21, 2007

PHNOM PENH (AFP) – The region’s top US military commander Tuesday expressed concern over China’s rapid military build-up, just days after an unprecedented display of Beijing’s firepower during war games with Russia.

China professes to be advocating a peaceful rise,” said Admiral Timothy J. Keating, head of the US Pacific Command, during his first official trip to Cambodia, where he met with senior defence officials.  “Some of the systems they’re developing and some of the capabilities that they’re demonstrating would indicate to us that perhaps their intentions aren’t exactly beneficial to security … throughout the Pacific.  So we’re watching carefully,” he said.

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