Jan 13, 2011
China’s new weapons programs, including the J-20 stealth aircraft, appear to be directed against the UnitedStates, the highest-ranking USmilitary officer said Wednesday.
“China is investing in very high-end, high-tech capabilities and the question that is always out there is to try to understand exactly why,” said Admiral Mike Mullen, head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
“The opaqueness of that, tied to our lack of relationship, is something I’d like to see if we can crack open,” he told reporters, stressing the importance of direct military relations between the United States and China to defuse any potential problems that could escalate into violence.
The J-20, China’s first radar-evading combat aircraft, had its inaugural flight on Tuesday as US Defense Secretary Robert Gates toured China.
This article was posted: Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 5:18 am