- While the U.S. is winning the war against international
terrorism, some of our so-called partners in the anti-terrorist coalition
continue their military buildups, which are actually directed against
and our real friends and allies.
- These countries also continue to cooperate with rogue
nations officially recognized as sponsoring international terrorism and,
in some cases, directly supplying arms to terrorists.
- According to press reports, Red China continued to supply
arms and ammunition to the Al-Qaeda organization even after that terrorist
organization conducted the 9/11 attack on America.
- A week after the attack, the then-ruling Taliban troops,
and the Al-Qaeda terrorists embedded among them, received a shipment of
Chinese-made SA-7 missiles, similar to the U.S. shoulder-fired
weapons Stingers, along with ammunition, etc.
- Also, countries such as Red China criticize the U.S.
decisions for providing security for Americans as well as for the civilized
world, while trying to accuse the U.S. of starting a new arms race.
- In that connection, Sha Zukang, director of arms control
and disarmament in China's Foreign Ministry, recently said that the U.S.
"search of national missile defense will tip the global balance,
a new arms race and jeopardize world and regional stability."
- However, Chinese warnings about a potential arms race
were followed by nothing less than Beijing's own rapid modernization of
its nuclear forces and delivery systems.
- According to intelligence reports, China's military is
currently improving the accuracy of its newest short-range ballistic
the CSS-7, whose test flight was detected by U.S. intelligence last week
at Shuang Chengzi missile center in Gansu province.
- China has deployed about 350 short-range missiles
Taiwan and is building up to a force of about 600 missiles over the next
several years. These missiles are a mix of both CSS-6 and CSS-7 missiles,
which also are known as the M-11 and are more lethal in targeting
- In the last two years Russia sold China nearly $2 billion
worth of arms per annum, including new jets, submarines, anti-aircraft
missiles, destroyers armed with weapons especially designed to kill U.S.
aircraft carriers, etc. But in its preparations for war, the Chinese
needs more and more up-to-date weapons and is trying to buy them wherever
it can obtain them.
- According to the Israeli press, Red China is currently
demanding $2 billion in compensation for Israel's cancellation last year
of an agreement to sell Beijing its Falcon airborne early-warning system.
The deal was canceled after the U.S. placed intense pressure on Israel,
after Beijing had already paid for the first Falcon.
- Israel was supposed to sell China four Falcons in a deal
totaling $1 billion. China claims that it expended large amounts in
its military infrastructure for the Falcon system.
- Israeli military officials said they had expected China
to demand $500 million in compensation, twice the cost of the first plane,
and were astonished when the figure was four times as great. The sum China
is now demanding reflects Beijing's anger.
- The U.S. had argued that the Falcon, which can monitor
and direct air activity over great distance, could theoretically be used
against American troops and aircraft in the event of a conflict involving
a Chinese attack against Taiwan.
- However, it is unknown to the general public that the
Falcon project was originated in Russia, which continues to provide
arms to its military ally, Red China.
- According to the Moscow press, in 1997 Russian
and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu launched a project to begin
joint production of new armaments combining Israeli electronics and
Russian platforms to make weapons that could compete in the world
- The same year, Israel and Russia signed their first major
arms deal to jointly produce a $200 million early-warning A-50
plane for China. Beijing prepaid the full cost of the first plane, which
was built in Russia and equipped in Israel, and opted to buy up to five
- This deal is now broken, but the Chinese communists are
still looking around for new partners whose technologies could be useful
in the modernization of its military machine.
- There is no doubt that as long as Washington continues
to ignore these dangerous trends in Chinese policy, Beijing will continue
to develop its war preparations, which in the near future could undermine
the strategic situation in the Western Pacific.
- While winning the war against international terrorism,
we need to keep our eyes open for other hostile developments that could
endanger the major strategic interests of the U.S. and those of our real
friends and allies.
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