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Chinese nuclear submarine have guided the fear on the Pentagon

May 29 2007

The Pentagon is seriously concerned about the growing military capabilities of China. Pentagon fears is the fact that the Chinese army appears more and more weapons that can serve as a preventive strike.

In the Navy of China recently will have five new nuclear-powered submarines capable of carrying on board 12 ballistic missiles with a range 8 thousand km. Until now, China has had only one nuclear-powered submarine, which rarely left the port-based and, according to military experts, are reliable. Also armed forces are prepared to put into service mobile missile systems.

In March, Chinese officials have argued that the defense budget in 2007 should amount to about $ 46 billion, or 17.8% more than in 2006.

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, commenting on the eve of a report prepared by his office, expressed confidence that "one should not exaggerate threat." However, he said, "China sends a very important tool in military spending and significantly develop their full potential." He also urged China "to be more open in this matter," says BBC .

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