"In the coming five years, our military will push forward preparations for military conflict in every strategic direction," said Liang
Guanglie in an interview published by several state-backed newspapers in China.
"We may be living in peaceful times, but we can never forget war, never
send the horses south or put the bayonets and guns away," Mr Liang
China repeatedly says it is planning a "peaceful rise" but the
recent pace and scale of its military modernisation has alarmed many of its
neighbours in the Asia-Pacific, including Japan which described China's
military build-up as a "global concern" this month.
Mr Liang's remarks come at a time of increasingly difficult relations between
the Chinese and US armed forces which a three-day visit by his counterpart
Robert Gates is intended to address. A year ago China froze substantive
military relations in protest at US arms sales to Taiwan and relations
deteriorated further this summer when China objected to US plans to deploy
one of its nuclear supercarriers, the USS George Washington, into the Yellow
Sea off the Korean peninsula.
China also announced this month that it was preparing to launch its own
aircraft carrier next year in a signal that China is determined to punch its
weight as a rising superpower. The news came a year earlier than many US
defence analysts had predicted.
China is also working on a "carrier-killing" ballistic missile that
could sink US carriers from afar, fundamentally reordering the balance of
power in a region that has been dominated by the US since the end of the
Second World War.
This fits nicely with my predictions for 2011. See January 24th and February 21st below.
January 1st-Gasoline approaches $3.50 per gallon national average
January 15th-Those expecting tax refunds flood the IRS with the largest single day return filing in US history causing a backlog that takes two months to catch up.
January 24th- China, Russia, France, Germany, and Opec nations agree to conduct trade in their native currencies signaling the end of the dollar as the world reserve currency.
January 30th-OPEC nations announce they will no longer trade oil in dollars opting to price the commodity in Euros and Renminbi only. Oil
shoots to $190US per barrel. Obama condemns the decision as an act of
February 1st-Israel launches a first strike against Iranian nuclear power facilities with full support from the US
February 2nd-OPEC halts the flow of oil to the US in retaliation
February 4th-Walmart announces it's plan to hire a 100,000 man private police force to guard stores in anticipation of looting.
February 15th- Riots at gas stations as prices climb passed $10.00 per gallon with rationing in effect
February 16th-Walmart announces it will no longer accept any paper currency and will only exchange precious metals and stones for goods.
February 18th-The IRS announces that tax refunds will be delayed indefinitely due to the crisis and encourages others to file because
there will be no extensions granted this year. People waiting for their
refunds take to the streets. IRS office in Memphis burned to the ground
February 19th-President Obama declares martial law and implements a national curfew.
February 21st-Chinese troops land in Washington state and northern California as advance force for full scale invasion.
February 22nd-Mad Max. Absolute free for all. Kill or be killed.February 23rd-Tactical Edge declares himself president of Florida and calls for 90,000 militia to defend it's borders.