China: A Growing War Machine Built With American Corporate Greed

America gave China its industrial base and its technology in exchange for cheap/slave labor. These are the weapons we built.

Reuters/Reuters – A carrier-borne J-15 fighter jet takes off from the Liaoning, China’s first aircraft carrier, in this undated handout photo released November 25, 2012. China has successfully conducted flight landing on its first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, after its delivery to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy on September 25, 2012, according to Xinhua News Agency. REUTERS/Xinhua/Zha Chunming

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has carried out its first successful landing of a fighter jet on its firstaircraft carrier, state media said on Sunday, a symbolically significant development as Asian neighbors fret about the world’s most populous country’s military ambitions.

The home-built J-15 fighter jet took off from and landed on the Liaoning, a reconditioned Soviet-era vessel from Ukraine which only came into service in September this year.

China ushered in a new generation of leaders this month at the 18th Communist Party Congress in Beijing, with outgoing President Hu Jintao making a pointed reference to strengthening China’s naval forces, protecting maritime interests and the need to “win local war”.

China is embroiled in disputes with the Philippines and Vietnam over South China Sea islands believed to be surrounded by waters rich in natural gas. It has a similar dispute with Japan over islands in theEast China Sea.

It has also warned the United States, with President Barack Obama’s “pivot” to Asia, not to get involved.

“We should make active planning for the use of military forces in peacetime, expand and intensify military preparedness, and enhance the capability to accomplish a wide range of military tasks, the most important of which is to win local war in an information age,” Hu said.

China has advertised its long-term military ambitions with shows of new hardware, including its first test flight of a stealth fighter jet in early 2011, an elite helicopter unit and the launch of the aircraft carrier.(Read more here.)

  • Manny

    American corporate greed? You mean American consumer greed for wanting cheap products. Corporations only give consumers what they want for the price they want to pay for the best quality that price entails.

    But I’m not a pessimist on China. They are more of a positive force in the world than a negative.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Manny, are you serious?
      “But I’m not a pessimist on China. They are more of a positive force in the world than a negative.”

      • Manny

        Yes, I do believe that, though i’m not going to claim any expertise. They have done what has been asked of them to provide economic stability to the world. With the US and Europe in deep recessions, possibly depressions, they have provided stability. Sure they want to flex their military muscles, but I don’t see them supporting terrorism. They have not tried to take over countries. For the most part they are trying to maintain their internal cohesion. Yes, there is a lot in their internal policies that goes against Christian teachings. But there is a lot in ours too. I’m not sure the US can stand before the world any more and lecture on Christian principles. From my limited view and understanding, they seem like they’re trying to go toward allowing religious expression, as long as it doesn’t threaten their Communist (if you can call them a communist country any more) dictatorship.

        I guess what makes me not a pessimist are the chinese I’ve personally met from China. They come here to learn and I hope to take back.

        • Rebecca Hamilton

          It’s not that their internal policies go against Christian teachings. Their internal policies allow them to commit crimes against their own people which rise to the level of crimes against humanity.

          As for them flexing their military muscles, do you realize that they have our entire industrial base, with all its might, and enormous wealth at their disposal? They are a communist country, and we’ve transferred our industrial might to them in exchange for the use of their cheap/slave labor.

          What do you think they are going to do as they “flex their military muscles?” Do you think they are building this weaponry for parades and air shows? They’re going to use these weapons. That’s human nature. It has worked that way, always, throughout history.

          Do you think that Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, the Philippines, will remain safe forever? How many years will have to pass before Australia and New Zealand feel threatened? I fear that we are going to end up in a terrible war with these people one day, and they will be armed with our own industrial power to use against us.

          As for corporatist control of our government leading to the export of America’s industrial base, the results speak for themselves. We’ve been sold down the river … or across the ocean.

          • Manny

            I don’t claim to be an expert. But lots of countries have strong militaries and they don’t use them. Their economics would be devastated from a war on any of those countries you mention. It would not be in their interest. They have enough on their plates trying to keep the country from splitting apart. They are not as cohesive as it appears. I can’t speak about they having our industrial base at their disposal. I thought we didn’t allow American companies to develop weaponry for other countries. Are you sure about that?

            • Rebecca Hamilton

              They have the basic technology and manufacturing base that built our weapons.
              As for what other countries do, I hope your analogy proves correct, but I sincerely doubt it. China is a communist country. They have been engaged in empire building for quite a while, backing insurgents in South America, Africa and various places in Asia. I believe that it’s only a matter of time until they begin pushing their borders into areas that they feel are theirs by “right” such as Taiwan. As for Japan, how far do you think they will be pushed before they re-arm? These people have been at war with one another for thousands of years. The enmity they feel for one another runs deep.
              These are all things that will be part of the scenario involving a China with air craft carriers. An aircraft carrier is a major weapon of war making. That’s it’s purpose.
              The terrorists we’ve been grappling with weren’t able to build even so much as one airplane. They had to come over here and have us train their pilots so they could hijack one of our airplanes. Their only war-making ability was stealth.
              Our ground troops today enjoy total air supremacy in the conduct of their missions.

        • Ted Seeber

          China doesn’t want them back. They have an export-only immigration policy.

    • Ted Seeber

      “You mean American consumer greed for wanting cheap products.”

      With automation, the textile industry in the United States, even with union labor, can create a $5 T-Shirt for $2.50.

      With no automation and slave labor in Thailand or Bangladesh, a sweatshop can create that same $5 T-Shirt for $.55.

      The American Consumer *still* gets charged the same $5 either way, but the difference means the American factory goes out of business, while the corporate C-level executives get bonuses and the stock owners get dividends for shutting down the American factory.

      THAT is what we’re calling corporate greed.

      • Manny

        Your numbers are pulled out of the air. If that were the case, then clothing companies should be sky rocketing in the stock market. Check it out. Clothing companies aren’t very profitable.

        • Ted Seeber

          They skyrocketed back in the 1970s when they made the change. The textile factories in America have been closed for over 30 years. A lot of speculative investors made a ton of dividends when Levi and Fruit of the Loom went in the early 1980s.

          The new companies completely skip the “Made in the USA” step to begin with.