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China's Long Arm
First broadcast October 2007

US President George W. Bush and Chinese President Hu Jintao
As part of the BBC World Service's Ruling China season, China's Long Arm comprises two series of two programmes each.

Programmes 1 and 2 look at China's military expansion.

Programmes 3 and 4 charts how China is becoming a key player in the world through its hunt for natural resources.

Programme 1: China's military expansion and the US

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Maurice Walsh explores the increasing military rivalry between China and the United States.

For 60 years the US Navy has enjoyed unchallenged control of the Pacific. But with a new generation of submarines, guided missile destroyers and aircraft, China is now developing modern, more capable armed forces.

Beijing insists its army and navy pose no threat to peace. But Washington suspects China is acquiring new military muscle to project its influence.

Walsh examines whether US government concerns about rising defence spending in China will fuel a new arms race in the Pacific.

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