- ‘Tis the Season: London florist creates $4.6 million Christmas wreath
- No tailgating allowed at Super Bowl XLVIII
- Pentagon to transport African troops to Central African Republic
- Chinese man fed up with his girlfriend’s shopping jumps to his death
- Ukraine leader to talk with protesters; Washington urges caution
- Pope Francis: A nun saved my life
- Israeli P.M. Netanyahu backs out of Mandela funeral
- Elian Gonzalez makes first trip outside Cuba since custody battle
- U.S., British intelligence agents enter online sci-fi world to spy on gamers
- Sarah Palin to host the outdoors show ‘Amazing America’
Gates: China moving fast on new weapons
BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates says China's rapidly developing defense capabilities are worrisome to the United States.
China has made strides in building a new stealth fighter jet, and Washington is also concerned about a new ballistic missile that theoretically could explode a U.S. aircraft carrier nearly 2,000 miles out to sea. China also apparently has beaten U.S. estimates to develop that weapon.
Mr. Gates arrived Sunday in Beijing for talks about these weapons and other military issues with Chinese leaders.
"They clearly have potential to put some of our capabilities at risk," Mr. Gates told reporters traveling with him to Asia. "We have to pay attention to them; we have to respond appropriately with our own programs."
The United States long has known that China wanted to field a stealth jet, but development outpaced U.S. intelligence estimates, Mr. Gates said.
China is still years behind U.S. capabilities in radar-evading aircraft, and even by 2015 the United States would still have far more such aircraft flying than any other nation in the world, Mr. Gates said.
China says it does not pose a threat and its military forces are purely for defense — which in its definition includes deterring Taiwan, a self-governing island that Beijing claims as its territory, from declaring formal independence.
In an apparent nod to U.S. calls for more openness, China allowed video and pictures of last week's runway tests of its prototype stealth fighter to be taken and posted online.
Mr. Gates is trying to coax Chinese military leaders into more regular discussions with the United States.
The Pentagon is focusing scarcer defense dollars on ways to counter the kinds of weapons China is now building. For example, Mr. Gates said recently he wants to spend more on a new long-range nuclear bomber and updated electronics gear for the Navy that could throw an incoming missile off course.
Mr. Gates also will visit South Korea for talks about averting war with the North, and then he will head to Japan, which is alarmed by Chinese military moves.
The invitation to visit Beijing was a coup for Mr. Gates, who invited a Chinese counterpart for similar talks and a visit to the U.S. nuclear weapons headquarters in 2009.
By Tom Fitton
New photos confirm the attack's coordination and its cover-up
- Chinese man fed up with his girlfriend's shopping jumps to his death
- Lawmakers see 'false narrative' of Obama as a terrorist fighter
- CURL: Obama tells a whopper on IRS scandal
- Ted Cruz sees legal landmines ahead for Obamacare
- WOLF: The president's other Obamacare lies
- Obama lied about Syrian chemical attack, 'cherry-picked' intelligence: report
- MSNBC host: Obamacare a 'wealthy white men' racist word
- Israeli P.M. Benjamin Netanyahu backs out of Nelson Mandela funeral
- MILLER: Brady Campaign says Colorado recalls due to NRA, not grassroots opposition to gun control
- Satanists petition for statue at Oklahoma Statehouse
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Richard Ivory, editor-in-chief of Hip Hop Republicans and HHR at Communities Digital News, turns his interests, and pen, to the people making news today.
Find the latest news and happening that effect those in the Washington D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland Metro region.
The world impacts us. What happens in our towns, cities, states, country and on this planet makes a difference to us.
Happiness is attainable. Morning to night. I love to teach, deal with folks that have an issue and really wish to tackle it and write.
White House pets gone wild!
Let it snow