U.S.-China Military Tensions Grow By Rick Rozoff

20 January, 2010 — Global Research

Even though the U.S. military budget is almost ten times that of China’s (with a population more than four times as large) and Washington plans a record $708 billion defense budget for next year compared to Russia spending less than $40 billion last year for the same, China and Russia are portrayed as threats to the U.S. and its allies.

China has no troops outside its borders; Russia has a small handful in its former territories in Abkhazia, Armenia, South Ossetia and Transdniester. The U.S. has hundreds of thousands of troops stationed in six continents.

While Gates was in charge of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and responsible for almost half of international military spending he was offended that the world’s most populous nation might desire to “deny others countries the ability to threaten it.”

On December 23 of last year Raytheon Company announced that it had received a $1.1 billion contract with Taiwan for the purchase of 200 Patriot anti-ballistic missiles. In early January the U.S. Defense Department cleared the transaction “despite opposition from rival China, where a military official proposed sanctioning U.S. firms that sell arms to the island.” [1]

The sale completes a $6.5 billion weapons package approved by the previous George W. Bush administration at the end of 2008. In the words of the Asia bureau chief of Defense News, “This is the last piece that Taiwan has been waiting on.” [2]

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Haiti Newslinks 22-23 January, 2010

23 January, 2010

Africa Policy Outlook 2010 | EthioSun: We all are Haitians!
By Atse Minilik
The argument that AFRICOM is primarily designed to provide humanitarian support has largely disappeared. Yet the United States still struggles to persuade African people of the benefits of AFRICOM. To most observers, Africa has never …

Celebrities Go Low-Key, and Sometimes Nameless, in the Haiti Telethon
New York Times
The star-studded fund-raiser on Friday that he organized for victims of the Haiti earthquake was a study in carefully muted star power. …

Haiti’s Icon of Power, Now Palace for Ghosts
New York Times
By MARC LACEY PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The only sound inside Haiti’s National Palace comes from the crunch underneath one’s soles. Its ornate reception rooms …

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Jean Saint-Vil, Haiti realities #1

20 January, 2010

Jean Saint-Vil of Canada Haiti Action is interviewed by Pat Van Horne regarding realities and myths about Haiti – recorded in Ottawa for Straight Goods News on January 20, 2010. Part 1 of 3. Video: Kevin Caners. Producer: Ish Theilheimer.


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