Originally Posted by black01gt
They'll make a shit pot full of money arming the world.
And we don't?
I don't know if that statement is meant to be judgmental or just a statement of fact so my next statement is just to compare "US" and "Them"
The United States is the worlds #1 exporter of weapons. We account for 36% of the arms trade. We are also the top seller to the third world (even that surprised me)
BTW, if the Chinese know something, the Russians could very well have known about it several years earlier. The Chinese are taking advantage of electronic and corporate espionage but the Russian's human intelligence capability is very likely the best in the world. (People will argue that Israel is better but they don't have nearly the personnel numbers the Russians do) Don't forget, the Prime Minister of Russia is the former head of the KGB.
One other thing. I'm frankly not afraid of China, especially from a military standpoint. A lot of people like to call them an emerging SuperPower. That is a load of shit. From a nuclear arms standpoint, China doesn't even have HALF the nukes that FRANCE does. Seriously, fuckin' FRANCE has more nukes. Heck Israel and Britain are all believed to have more nukes (we know the Brits have more, but Israel MIGHT have as many as 200 each depending on who you ask) India only has about 20 or 30 less than China.
China only has one thing going for them from a military standpoint, people. They have a bit over 7million (almost all through conscription) compared to the 2nd largest military, the US, (100% volunteer) that has just under 3million. Even though China's military spending is about $51billion but that is less than the cost of the F-22's entire budget. The US spends $549billion a year.
People fear China too damn much and that is probably the biggest cause of our problems with them...