June 8, 2005
Re Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's warning about the growing Chinese military budget, June 4: I felt that it could be used to define our own explanation for our own military actions. Rumsfeld's comment that "since no nation threatens China, one must wonder why this growing investment." The hypocrisy inherent in this statement can be mirrored in our own use of Iraq as an excuse to exert our own military might. China has as much to fear from Taiwan as we had to fear from Iraq. The bottom line is that powerful nations do as they wish for their own gains and use any convenient excuse to justify their decisions.
August 17, 1989 |
Soldiers loyal to China's president detained the defense minister and several commanders in a dispute over a top military post vacated by Zhao Ziyang, the purged Communist Party boss, Chinese sources said today. They said President Yang Shangkun, a central figure in the martial law crackdown, apparently ordered the action to strengthen his control of the Chinese military.
September 15, 1995 |
Two outstanding questions loomed at the opening of the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women that concludes here today: The first was whether the international women's movement could maintain the consensus on reproductive health and a woman's sovereignty over her own body that was achieved last year at the Cairo International Conference on Population and Development.
March 27, 1991 |
Defense spending will increase nearly 13% this year, despite a serious budget deficit, so that the army can modernize its arsenal, China's finance minister said. It is the second year in a row that China has sharply increased military spending. The draft 1991 budget presented by Finance Minister Wang Bingqian to the annual session of the National People's Congress included an overall 5% increase in government spending, with a projected deficit of $2.5 billion.
August 20, 1989 |
China's Defense Minister Qin Jiwei, who was reported in the West to have been under detention, was shown on state television Saturday attending a funeral service for a veteran revolutionary. Qin was among senior leaders, including Communist Party chief Jiang Zemin and hard-line Premier Li Peng, who attended the funeral in Beijing for Gen. Fu Zhong.
January 23, 1990 |
With President Bush attacking the Democratic-controlled Congress even before it convenes today for its 1990 session, confrontation appears certain to overwhelm cooperation between Capitol Hill and the White House in this election year. Democratic and Republican leaders expect major battles over the level of defense spending, rival tax cut proposals, campaign finance reform and China policy.
March 7, 1993 |
In an effort with important consequences for future military developments in Asia, an array of congressional and military leaders and scholars are urging the Clinton Administration to resume the long-frozen defense ties between the United States and China. A surprising number of American officials and organizations contend that the Administration should lift the ban on high-level military exchanges between the United States and the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA). The once-extensive U.S.
July 13, 2000 |
China's top defense official declared Wednesday that Beijing reserves the right to use military force against Taiwan to resolve their half-century dispute but has "no intent" to do so, U.S. officials here said. In a closed-door meeting, Chinese Gen. Chi Haotian assured visiting U.S. Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen that Beijing's emphasis remains on a peaceful reconciliation across the Taiwan Strait, said a senior U.S. official here who spoke only on condition of anonymity.
March 27, 1990 |
China's army must do more to defend the Communist Party's dictatorship, while efforts should be boosted to eradicate the influence of Western-style liberal ideas within the military, Communist Party General Secretary Jiang Zemin said Monday. "No matter what changes may happen in the international situation, it is of paramount importance for China to maintain stability," Jiang told army delegates to the National People's Congress in remarks paraphrased by the official New China News Agency.
May 31, 2008 |
In a message clearly aimed at China, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today that fast-growing Asian powers "risk blundering" into confrontation and sparking a new arms race unless they follow widely accepted international rules. Gates said the U.S. supported the rapid economic growth of emerging Asian nations.