China and Russia are increasing arms spending while the United States is cutting back. China is concentrating on protecting its regional interests; Russia on establishing a position as a nuclear superpower as a stand-off to the other two powers. While this does not amount to an arms race, it may have enormous consequences for world conflict in the years ahead.

THE UNITED States, China and Russia are often portrayed as taking part in a 21st century arms race, but the focus of their spending on weapons is to enhance their own security.

Each of the three major powers, though, has its own agenda.

The US last underwent a ...

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Dr. James Jay Carafano
The Chinese additions to their arsenal add up to a holistic set of capabilities designed specifically to allow the government to apply military power with self-confidence in its part of the world - while keeping out other modern military powers that might try to interfere with how Beijing imposes its will on its part of Asia
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