July 10th, 2011
10:21 AM ET

Mullen: China now a world power

The top U.S. military officer declared Sunday that China "has arrived as a world power," and that previous U.S. descriptions of China as a "rising power" are now a thing of the past.

U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen made the remarks during an address at a university in Beijing at the start of a four-day visit.

"China today is a different country than it was 10 years ago, and it certainly will continue to change over the next 10 years," Mullen told the audience at Renmin University. "It is no longer a rising power. It has, in fact, arrived as a world power."

In January, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton described China as a "rising power."

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  1. Lennie John Coffey

    Duhhhhh.... I Couldn't help it... Sorry boss..

    July 10, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. There, I said it

    The Korean and Vietnam wars were a stalemate due to China. China supplied the soilders. I'm ready for a One World Government and Religion run by the US and the Vatican.

    July 10, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. RUFFNUTT

    This is quite remarkable considering where China was back in 1950 with it's economy all a shambles and wrecked by long and bloody civil wars and one with a country whose name starts with a J.

    July 10, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. I dont give a rats a$$ !!!

    Chinas stealth jet fighters STILL SUCK !!! PHUC – EN LITTLE SLANT-EYED NIPS !!!!

    July 10, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Hey you above, will you kindly cut the Tea Party lingo out? It has no place here and besides, I agree with RUFFNUTT above. China has indeed made extremely remarkable progress since 1950 while this country continues to slide downhill thanks to the fools in Washington!!!

      July 11, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  5. ed Bailey

    China owns us because we gave the us to them. Our greedy corporate ceo's have sent our manufacturing to the four corners of the earth. We are a thirld world country because WE THE PEOPLE are poor and have 0 hope of the good old days ever returning. Learn Spanish or mandarin, take your choice, and don't vote for any main stream candidates. The oldd saying you take Sally and I'll take Sue, There's no difference between the two applies. Break the chain, vote for someone who isn't a member of the new world order club!

    July 11, 2011 at 2:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. just sayin

    More Biblical Prophesy coming true!

    July 11, 2011 at 3:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Stevereeno

    A world power, built by your Walmart dollars!

    July 11, 2011 at 4:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Doc Holliday

    why Ed what an ugly thing to say, does this mean we're not friends any more?

    July 11, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Doc Holliday

    You know Ed I just don't think I could bear it if we weren't friends anymore.

    July 11, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. big mac

    HOPEFULLY THEY LL USE THEIR NEW FOUND POWER FOR THE GOOD OF ALL MEN. YA RIGHT. GOD BLESS US ALL.

    July 11, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Phuck China!

    Truly 150"million Phucktards.Run as many as you can off the road before its too late.!They are all stupid and butt ugly.-I mean Phucking Retartid.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Amalaha Daniel

    This shouldnt be a suprising thing cos the world of christ must come to end. Still wait..... After China comes Africa. Where in Africa 'll this be happening. NIGERIA ofcause¿ Mark this comment if you like for the next 30yrs to come. Am not guessing but sayin the fact check it out

    July 19, 2011 at 1:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
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