‘s build-up of sea and air military power funded by a strong economy appears aimed at the United States, the chairman of the U.S. said on Monday.
Admiral military capabilities.said China had the right to meet its security needs, but the build-up would require the United States to work with its Pacific allies to respond to increasing Chinese
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“They are developing capabilities that are very maritime focused, maritime and air focused, and in many ways, very much focused on us,” he told a conference of the Navy League, a nonprofit seamen’s support group, in Washington.
“They seem very focused on the United States Navy and our bases that are in that part of the world.”
China in March unveiled its official military budget for 2009 of $70.24 billion, the latest in nearly two decades of double-digit rises in declared defense spending.
Beijing bristles at criticism, saying its spending is line with economic growth and defense needs, and its budget remains a fraction of the‘s.
Mullen acknowledged that “every country in the world has got a right to develop their military as they see fit to provide for their own security.”
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This US Navy file photo shows the military Sealift Command ocean surveillance ship USNS Impeccable (T-AGOS-23). Five Chinese vessels maneuvered dangerously close to a US Navy ship in the South China Sea on Sunday, March 8, 2009, approaching within 25 feet of the unarmed surveillance ship, the Pentagon said. USNS Victorious, a sister ship, was apparently harassed the week of May 1, 2009, by China at sea.(AFP/NVNS)