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Disquiet as China raises military spending to more than $100 billion

Disquiet as China raises military spending to more than $100 billion

China is boosting its military budget by 11.2 per cent to more than $100 billion (£63 billion) in a move seen as the response to Barack Obama's policy "pivot" aimed at reinforcing US influence across the Asia-Pacific region.

Members of a Chinese military honour guard stand Photo: AFP

2:49PM GMT 04 Mar 2012
Telegraph co. uk

The announcement, made Sunday, comes after nearly two decades of double-digit spending increases that have unnerved Asian neighbours and drawn repeated calls from Washington for China to share more about its intentions.

Beijing's public budget is widely thought by foreign experts to undercount its real spending on military modernisation.

Parliament spokesman Li Zhaoxing said the world has nothing to fear, adding that the money spent on the People's Liberation Army - 670.3 billion yuan (£64 billion) for 2012 - paled in comparison with the Pentagon's outlays.

Asteroid 2012 DA14 heads for Earth next year (2013)

Asteroid 2012 DA14 heads for Earth next year


Earth will likely be impacted by large asteroid February 15-16, 2013

Posted on March 4, 2012

March 4, 2012SPACE – Scientists are predicting that the asteroid 2012 DA14has a good chance of colliding with earth in eleven months. Watch the skies in February 2013! According to RT, NASA has confirmed that the 60 meter (or 197 feet) asteroid, which was spotted by Spanish stargazers in February this year, has a good chance of colliding with earth. The scientists suggest confronting this asteroid with either big guns or, more strangely, with paint. The problem with either option is that there is no time to build a spaceship for the operation. A spaceship could either shoot the asteroid down or simply crash into it – this would either break it into pieces or throw it off course. NASA expert David Dunha…

Israel May Go it Alone says Benjamin Netanyahu

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 Middle East

Netanyahu Hints Israel May Go It Alone, in Response to Obama

PM says: "Perhaps most important of all, I appreciated the fact that he said that Israel must be able to defend itself, by itself."
By Gil RonenFirst Publish: 3/4/2012, 9:35 PM

Netanyahu in Ottawa

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu responded Sunday to U.S. President Barack Obama's speech at the AIPAC convention, and may have hinted at Israel's determination to go it alone against Iran, should it have no choice.
"I very much appreciated the fact that President Obama reiterated his position that Iran must not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons and that all options are on the table," said Netanyahu, who is in Ottawa.
"I also appreciated the fact that he made clear that when it comes to a nuclear armed Iran, containment is simply not an option, and equally in my judgme…