Rumsfeld Tells China Its Military Buildup Worries Neighbors – Thom Shanker

From the New York Times:

Defense Secretary Donald H. concluded a visit to Beijing on Thursday with an unusual round table with Chinese officers about the two countries’ military abilities and intentions.

Mr. Rumsfeld told students and faculty members at the Academy of Military Sciences here that China’s neighbors were worried about its decision to expand its missile forces, and to increase their range…

He said other nations had a right to question whether the Chinese government was forthright about its spending on troops and arms, and the motivation for its growing arsenal.

See also “How large is China’s defence budget?” from the Mail and Guardian.



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