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China is nothing to prescribe

The finding is clear: China is upgrading. And enormously effective and enormously fast. In many areas of Beijing, Russia has already left behind, and competes directly with the United States. According to the latest report by the International Institute for Strategic studies (IISS), which has been presented this weekend at the security conference in Munich.

China's military spending has increased in recent years, solid. Today, Beijing is to Washington the most money for weapons, even if it is still significantly less: The US spent last year 643 billion dollars for arms, China is relatively modest 168 billion. But this is twice as much as Saudi Arabia paid the is on place three. And almost three times as much as Russia, which comes with 63 billion on space 4.


China's Navy now has more ships of war than the US army. In the last year, several big built Chinese destroyers. And also, the air force will according to the experts continually better. But it's not just the big ones, smaller, but innovative weapons, China is at the forefront of Armed drones have a range of several Thousand kilometers. Over 30 countries have today, beyond all disarmament treaties on such weapons. They either come from the US, from Israel or from China. The USA produce mainly light drones, used for reconnaissance. In the case of heavy drones, which can also be used with missiles and precision weapons equipped, the two countries are about equal. Only Israel has more such weapons.

China's rocket is another Problem. According to the experts in Munich up to 95 percent of all missiles and Cruise would be banned in most of the Missiles, if the INF would apply to the contract for China, in Europe, land-based intermediate-range missile bans. Including, presumably, virtually all of the missiles that threaten Taiwan. Also, 85 percent of the launchers would have to be dismantled. In the dispute over the termination of the INF Treaty by the United States to listen to that between Moscow and Washington have concluded a contract in 1987, and is anyway out of date. The. INF should be replaced by a set of rules that applies to all countries.

to negotiate such A Treaty, it is difficult to give a number of security experts. But it is essential. "We need to ensure that the Russians cheat, and the Chinese bring in" sums up a US expert on the situation of coarse.

"We have seven neighbors who have weapons that would be banned under the INF."Yao Yunzhu

The Europeans are still hoping that Moscow will return to compliance with a contract. "We want, that Russia adheres to the INF Treaty," said Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Moscow still have time until the beginning of August. But that seems to be more a pious wish. After all, Russia has not made in Munich, once again it absolutely clear that the Ball spent in Moscow. You have not tested the missiles more than 500 kilometers, and thus not against the INF Treaty breach. The contract crushers the USA.

China in a new missile agreement include, seems less unrealistic. Although Beijing says from multilateralism, which is supposedly worth so much. But the armor is where it stops: For the Chinese, disarmament is a matter of the two large nuclear powers-the USA and Russia. Beijing criticized the end of the INF Treaty in focus. Experts say the contract is made in Beijing, because his weapons are exempt from the restrictions. But also, because he had forbidden the United States to bring such missiles in the Region. And it should stay that: China is developing its weapons, according to his own needs, was it from the Chinese side. "We are not a danger to others."

debt, at the end of the INF would have alone Russia and the USA. China have to do with the American withdrawal, absolutely nothing, said General Yao Yunzhu in Munich. Beijing have very different security policy than Europe. "We have seven neighbors who have weapons that would be banned under the INF," said Yao Yunzhu.

Whining is pointless

China's own weapons would be largely forbidden to you, because they had supported the country. Beijing only had a few shooting opportunities in the air or water. But all this does not count really: Compared with the nuclear Arsenal of the USA or of Russia, that China is very modest.

Yao Yunzhu not called on the Europeans to place their safety in the hands of strangers, and not just whining about the fact that the US had decided with the termination of the INF about your destiny, without you sat as Concerned with at the table. The EU and Nato should rather take their defense into their own hands. The Europeans had now for 5 months in Russia, but especially the United States to the negotiating table and to break out of their "miserable situation".

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 17.02.2019, 22:12 PM

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