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US cannot accept China military power: state media

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:10 am

BEIJING, Jan 7, 2011 (AFP) – China will eventually have a military powerful enough to compete with the United States, state media said Friday ahead of the visit of US Defence Secretary Robert Gates.

The claim in a newspaper editorial followed reports that China had completed a prototype of a stealth fighter and after a top US military official said Beijing was stepping up efforts to deploy a “carrier-killer” missile system.

“Whether the reported new weapons are true or not, in the long run, China will own first-class weapons that are capable of competing with the US war machine,” said the Global Times, known for its nationalist tone.

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi (R) meets with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon at the United Nations headquarters in New York, January 6, 2011. AFP

Gates arrives in China on Sunday to smooth over tense defence relations between the two countries — one year after Beijing cut military ties with Washington in protest against US arms sales to rival Taiwan.

“Apparently, the US is not ready to treat China as a major power. They cannot accept the fact that China will sooner or later possess a first-class military,” the editorial said.

“They are too used to the old power structure, in which China and other developing countries have long been treated unfairly.”

In an interview last week with a Japanese newspaper, the head of the US Pacific Command Admiral Robert Willard said China was pushing development of “carrier-killers” and aimed to project its influence beyond its regional waters.

US military analysts have warned China is developing an anti-ship ballistic missile — a new version of its Dongfeng 21 missile — that could pierce the defences of even the most sturdy US naval vessels and has a range far beyond Chinese waters.

Whereas Gates’s Chinese counterpart Liang Guanglie has said that China will push forward with modernisation of its military thanks to a booming economy, the United States is facing major cuts.

Citing “dire” fiscal pressures, Gates on Thursday proposed deeper cuts than planned in US military programmes, scaling back ground forces for the first time since the 1990s.

Gates, in a compromise with the White House, said the 78 billion dollars in cuts and other measures would result in a slower pace of growth in defence budgets over the next five years, despite earlier plans to keep spending at a higher rate.

China has long described its military build-up as “defensive” in nature but top armed forces officials have recently made increasingly strong statements about its quest for a powerful military. 

Source: SGGP

HCM City: dairy farmers cannot afford to stay in business

In Uncategorized on May 18, 2010 at 5:03 pm

HCM City: dairy farmers cannot afford to stay in business

QĐND – Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 21:1 (GMT+7)

“We are incurring heavy loss when breeding milk cows,” a lot of milk cow breeding farms in HCM City voiced the same complaint during a meeting with the HCM City Agriculture and Rural Development Department late last week.

Tran Van Lien, a farmer in Binh Chanh District in HCM City, provided noteworthy figures about what he got after one year of breeding milk cows. Lien said that he had to spend 25 million dong per milk cow a year, including 23 million dong on animal feed. Meanwhile, he got 4500 kilogrammes of milk. Dairy producers purchase milk at 7000 dong per kilo on average, Lien’s profit is 3.5 million dong.

According to Lien, in his herd of 20-30 cows, only 15-20 cows give milk. Therefore, the money he got from selling milk was not high enough to feed the whole herd of cows.

HCM City Farmers’ Association conducted a survey on 200 milk cow farming households in the city, the total expenses for every kilogramme of fresh milk is as high as 8100 dong. Meanwhile, dairy producers pay 7000-7200 dong only for every kilogramme of milk. As such, farmers are incurring the loss of 800 dong per every kilogramme of milk.

Nguyen Van Tui from the HCM City Farmers’ Association said that the higher price of animal feed is the main reason that makes farmers incur losses. Tui said that the cattle feed has increased in price seven times since the beginning of the year, 25 percent in total. A 25 kilo bag of bran was sold at 215,000 dong several months ago, while it is now selling at 237-245,000 dong. Meanwhile, farmers cannot raise the sale prices of fresh milk, because dairy producers refuse to collect milk at higher prices.

Heavy loss has prompted farmers to give up farming. According to the city’s farmers’ association, the number of milk cows in the city has decreased by 6000 so far this year.

Tui pointed out that it is unreasonable for dairy producers to fix milk prices. He also pointed out that the 7000 dong per kilo price is much lower than the price of 28,000 dong per kilo at which dairy producers sell products to the market. While farmers have to work hard, they cannot reap the rewards in the production chain.

Tui has warned that if dairy producers continue to keep the milk purchase prices at low levels, they will lose material suppliers, because farmers, due to the low profit and loss, will stop farming.

Source: VietnamNet/Tien phong


Source: QDND