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China threatens to impose air defence identification zone in South China Sea


China is preparing an air defence identification zone (ADIZ) in the South China Sea, two years after it announced a similar one in the East China Sea, according to sources close to the People’s Liberation Army and a defence report. But one source said the timing of any declaration would ­depend on security conditions in … Continue reading

Japan eyes air superiority over China in talks with western defence contractors


Japan has opened talks with Western defence contractors about building a new generation of fighter jets, sources say, in what would mark an important milestone in Tokyo’s strategy to maintain its air superiority over rival China. The discussions with defence companies including Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Ltd come as Japan readies its ATD-X experimental … Continue reading

China threatens sanctions against U.S. companies


China’s recent threat to impose sanctions on U.S. defence companies that sell arms to Taiwan should come as no surprise to American officials or corporate executives: Washington has been issuing sanctions of these sorts for years. It was only a matter of time before U.S. competitors started copying its tactics. Regardless of whether China follows … Continue reading

Civilian companies doing research and development for Chinese military to save money on defence budget


Shenzhen Economic Daily says in its report that more than 100 Shenzhen enterprises have participated in, or are involved in, production for the Chinese military. The report says that, to facilitate private enterprises contributing to military production, Shenzhen Huachuang Science and Technology Innovation Achievements Transfer Centre held a symposium on the way for private enterprises … Continue reading

Can China’s consumers save the world economy?


Long the place that makes stuff and doesn’t consume much, China is set to redress the balance. And thus, some say, rescue the troubled global economy. But it’s a stretch to think that Beijing’s plan — shifting the export-driven country from emphasizing manufacturing and infrastructure to relying on public consumption – will spread sweet prosperity … Continue reading

China already violating U.S. cyberagreement


Chinese hacking attempts on American corporate intellectual property have occurred with regularity over the past three weeks, suggesting that China almost immediately began violating its newly minted cyberagreement with the United States, according to a newly published analysis by a cybersecurity company with close ties to the U.S. government. The Irvine, California-based company, CrowdStrike, says … Continue reading

China reveals new defence: diversion, induced explosion of precision weapons


The following is based on a translation of a report in Chinese media: The PLA Daily published a report on China’s active defence by diversion and induced explosion of enemy warheads and bombs before they hit their targets. The information was provided by Major General Qin Youquan, an expert on informationalised defence engineering of the … Continue reading

China reveals new AEW&C KJ-500


The following is based on a translation of a report in Chinese media: Chinese media people.com.cn reports on China’s new airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft, the KJ-500. The report says that though its platform is smaller than the KJ-2000, the KJ-500 as an all-weather integrated airborne early warning, command and control aircraft is … Continue reading

China asks U.S. for respect and trust


China hopes the United States can scale back activities that run the risk of misunderstandings, and respect China’s core interests, the Defence Ministry on Thursday cited a senior Chinese naval commander as saying. Each country has blamed the other for dangerous moves over several recent incidents of aircraft and ships from China and the United … Continue reading

Test flight of China’s new hypersonic flying vehicle


The following is based on translations of reports on Chinese news sites: Recently news about China’s test of a new type of high-speed flying vehicle is viral on Chinese Internet. What attracts web users’ keen attention is the A recent report by Chinese website mil.huanqiu.com told about a recent very difficult maiden test flight of … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, September 28, 2015


The unstated reason Chinese Pres. Xi snubbed Zuckerberg is probably for his age. Chinese think a man can’t do business until he’s at least in his 40’s and “is old enough to grow a mustache”. Whatever the reason, China having a Facebook page that Chinese can’t see, arriving in America with CEO’s fawning over him, … Continue reading

China’s new weapons showcased in September 3 parade, which China says are capable of attacking Japan and Taiwan


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: China’s Huanqiu.com website carries a report on an article on the website of Britain’s Jane’s Defence Review published on September 9 on China’s new weapons systems titled “China showcases new weapon systems at 3 September parade” Jane’s describes almost all … Continue reading

China says its long-range aircraft carrier killer ballistic missiles confound US spies


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: Mil.huanqiu.com says in its report on the DF-21D ballistic missile, which China showcased for the first time in its military parade on September 3, that US spies are disappointed that the DF-21D looks the same as the other missiles in … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: September 7, 2015


China’s pushing into the water. Beijing celebrated America’s victory over Japan in 1945. The Communists who took over China four years later seemed to take much of the credit. And they are still angry that, even after 66 years, they don’t control Taiwan. A “victim of its own propaganda,” Beijing believes Taiwan doesn’t want to … Continue reading

China’s anti-fascist parade indistinguishable from fascist parade


To commemorate the 70th anniversary of China’s triumph over the Imperial Japanese Army in 1945, China’s communist leaders have orchestrated a massive shutdown of Beijing on a scale not seen since the same city was occupied by the Imperial Japanese Army in August 1937. Banners have been suspended from bridges across the city, urging citizens to “Celebrate liberation from … Continue reading

China’s new KJ-500 aircraft to replace KJ-2000 as major AEW&C


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: Hong Kong media mil.ifent.com reports that in the military parade on September 3, China displayed its new AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning & Control), the KJ-500, for the first time. The article in the Talking on Weapons & War section of … Continue reading

China’s new long-range rocket artillery can hit moving targets at sea and repel invading navy


The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news site: China’s major news site mil.huanqiu.com reports about the intensive training of a rocket artillery battalion in China’s Jinan Military Region. In the second year after its equipment was replaced by a new-type long-range rocket artillery a few years ago, it … Continue reading

Chinese troops head to North Korean border as tensions mount between North and South Korea


The People’s Liberation Army has sent troops to China’s border with North Korea as escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula have pushed North and South to the brink of possible war. The Hong Kong-based Oriental Daily reported Saturday that internet users have been uploading photos of what appear to be PLA armoured vehicles and tanks … Continue reading

China has been intensively developing homegrown VTOL fighter jet, but admits it lags behind America


The following is based on translations from reports on Chinese websites: Chinese website mil.huanqiu.com describes in its report the difficulties in developing a VTOL fighter jet but concludes that for China at present, development of a VTOL fighter jet within a short period time is not a simple task. Though China has started the project … Continue reading

Chinese website claims US allies provided secret military assistance to China in defiance of international weapons embargo


The following is based on a translation from a report in Chinese media: Chinese website war.163.com in its recent article claims France, Israel and Ukraine made great contributions to China’s weapon modernisation, in defiance of an international weapons embargo. The article says that since 1996 the US has used “The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls … Continue reading

China says its home-grown large aircraft are a new driving force for China’s manufacturing sector


Chinese government’s primetime TV news CCTV  yesterday gave first place to its report on China’s three new large aircraft. It said that China’s efforts in developing large aircraft have reached the harvesting stage. General assembly of China’s AG600, the world’s largest amphibious aircraft, began yesterday and construction of China’s C919 airliner will begin soon. China’s … Continue reading

China says its Yilong drone is among world’s best


The following is based on a translation of a report in Chinese media: Mil.huanqiu.com reports that China has sent its Yilong drone to the Paris Air Show to display China’s achievements in developing and marketing drones. Li Yidong, chief engineer of the drone, said that the Yilong is among the world’s best drones of similar … Continue reading

Why the bear is back in Vietnam – Russia assisting Vietnam in South China Sea dispute


Russia-Vietnam ties that seemed to be cooling after the end of the Cold War are warming up all over again. More than 20 years after Moscow abandoned its largest foreign base, Russian military aircraft are once again welcome visitors at Cam Ranh Bay. The renewed Russian presence in Vietnam has predictably set the alarm bells … Continue reading

China’s new J-16 fighter jets appear to have been commissioned into the PLA air force


The following is based on a translation from a report in Chinese media: Qianzhan.com published photos of China’s J-16 fighter jets, raising speculation that it has begun series production and has been commissioned in the PLA air force. Some photos show the fighter jet in PLA air force coating, which indicates it has been commissioned. … Continue reading

China preparing for drone warfare


China’s military plans to produce nearly 42,000 land-based and sea-based unmanned weapons and sensor platforms as part of its continuing, large-scale military buildup, the Pentagon’s annual report on the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) disclosed Friday. China currently operates several armed and unarmed drone aircraft and is developing long-range range unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for both … Continue reading

China says its new YJ-18 anti-ship missile is a real threat to US navy


The following is based on a translation from Chinese media: China‘s qianzhan.com quotes unspecified “foreign media” reports as saying that China’s newest 052D Aegis destroyer is equipped with China’s newest YJ-18 supersonic anti-ship missiles. The missile’s high speed and terminal movement make it very difficult to intercept. At present, there is only one 052D destroyer … Continue reading

China missile test highlights space weapons threat; can destroy US satellites


China’s recent test of a missile designed to shoot down satellites in low-earth orbit highlights a growing threat of space weapons, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command said on Tuesday. Adm. Cecil D. Haney, head of the Omaha-based nuclear forces command, also voiced worries about the strategic nuclear forces buildup by Russia and China, … Continue reading

China can’t be contained; it has to be accommodated


At the start of the twentieth century, Britain, the superpower of the time, was faced with a strategic dilemma: what to do about a newly unified and nationalist Germany, which was rising fast economically and building up its military. One school of thought held that Germany could be accommodated within the existing international system; the … Continue reading

Why the US should worry about Russia, not China


Last Friday, the United States released its updated Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower (CS-21). One of the biggest critiques of the first Cooperative Strategy concentrated on the difficulty of fitting China and Russia into the “cooperative” frame. China continues to expand its navy and has obviously undertaken a set of assertive actions in the East … Continue reading

China deploys forces to Myanmar border after bombing in Yunnan province


Beijing sent forces to patrol its southwestern border with Myanmar after a bomb killed four Chinese citizens in an area where violence between Burmese rebel groups and troops has spread and strained ties with China. On Sunday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang expressed Beijing’s dismay at the fighting that has sent hundreds fleeing across China’s border. … Continue reading

China scrambles jets after Myanmar bomb kills four people in Yunnan province


China has lodged diplomatic protests and scrambled fighter jets to the border with neighbouring Myanmar after a bomb from a Burmese warplane killed four people in China’s south-western Yunnan province on Friday. Myanmar’s government forces are fighting armed rebels and supporters of the Kokang people, a Mandarin-speaking ethnic Chinese minority, in the country’s northern Shan … Continue reading

Japan’s master plan to defeat China in a war


In recent years, significant attention has been paid to the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). China’s defense budget, which has increased ten fold in the last twenty five years, has funded the construction of a modern, ocean-going navy. This includes the recently fielded aircraft carrier, Liaoning, as well as fleets of destroyers, frigates, corvettes, replenishment … Continue reading

The real winner of the Ukraine crisis could be China


The crisis in Ukraine has plunged U.S.-Russian relations to their lowest point since the Cold War. Crimea is now Russian territory. Although prisoners of war have been exchanged and both sides have agreed to pull back heavy weapons, the accord signed on Feb. 12 in Minsk, Belarus, has failed so far to stop the fighting in … Continue reading

After long struggle for freedom, Tibetans still seeking justice for Tibet


Over 1.2 million Tibetans died between 1949 and 1979. China still claims that what occurred during this period was the “peaceful liberation” of Tibet. But the whole world must know that there are so many unanswered questions about how these mass murders occurred and who is really responsible. Tibet known as the ‘roof of the … Continue reading

US to base four warships in Singapore as China flexes military muscles


Four US warships designed to fight in coastal areas similar to south-east Asian waters will operate out of Singapore by 2018, a senior US Navy official said Tuesday, further underscoring Washington’s military tilt to Asia. The “rotational deployment” of the vessels, called littoral combat ships (LCS), comes as China continues to flex its muscles in … Continue reading

China’s military not ready ‘to fight and win future wars’


Despite huge advances, China’s military suffers from “serious weaknesses” that could limit its ability “to fight and win future wars,” a congressional study released this week suggests. The 184-page report sponsored by the U.S. Congress-mandated U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission and prepared by the Rand Corporation, says the People’s Liberation Army has made rapid … Continue reading

China’s incomplete military transformation: assessing the weaknesses of the PLA


Media reports of China’s new J-20 and J-31 stealth fighters, “carrier-killer” anti-ship ballistic missiles and anti-satellite weapons have unnerved many in the Pentagon. But a new report to be released on Wednesday by the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC), outlines the various Achilles’ heels of the Chinese military, including opportunities the US military … Continue reading

The China threat: America must stop failing to call out Beijing’s bad behaviour for fear of antagonising China


Between complacency and confrontation there is a responsible way forward that keeps the Asia-Pacific a big enough place to accommodate the vital interests of both Beijing and Washington. The heavy lifting will have to be done by the United States. That’s okay. The work will make America a stronger nation and a better Asian ally. … Continue reading

China prepares for war


The following are the views of the original author, and not necessarily those of China Daily Mail: Apart from their frantic dredging and island-building in the South China Sea, China is now also building an air and naval base in the Nanji Islands (27° 27’ N, 121° 04’ E) which is the closest part of … Continue reading

China has just banned the burqa in its biggest Muslim city


Chinese authorities have banned women in Urumqi, the capital city of Xinjiang—an autonomous western region where Muslims account for almost half of the population—from wearing burqas in public, according to a brief article on a government-run website, Tianshan News. Local legislators for Urumqi proposed the ban in December, and now the regional legislature has approved it. It’s not clear when … Continue reading

China and the United States are preparing for war


Usually countries fight for gains or to prevent losses, but US experts are quite different. Michael Pillsbury, the director of the Centre on Chinese Strategy at the Hudson Institute, holds quite different views. In his recent article “China and the United States Are Preparing for War” he holds that war is inevitable because China is … Continue reading

China’s bizarre tirade at US supply of frigates to Taiwan; US only wants to make money because of reduction in military budget


The following is a translation from Chinese media: The United States’ supply of four Perry class frigates to Taiwan has become a hot topic, but a People’s Liberation Army major says that even with such weapons, Taiwan lags behind China by two decades. He especially pointed out that Perry class frigates are outdated warships that … Continue reading

China’s formidable rocket artillery; 10,000 nuclear warheads capable of destroying Russia and United States


The following is a translation from Chinese media, with commentary: China’s qianzhan.com says in its report that the vice director of an [unnamed] Russian institute of political and military analysis has published an article on the serious underestimation of China’s military strength. His article is aimed at warning the Russian military of China’s growing military … Continue reading

China’s leader is telling the People’s Liberation Army to prepare for war


Chinese President Xi Jinping‘s recent statements have been alarming China’s neighbours. What’s behind them? Over the last several months, Chinese leader Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party have repeatedly exhorted the People’s Liberation Army to “be ready to win a war.” Xi has repeatedly called for greater military modernisation, increased training, and enhanced overall … Continue reading

China’s first homegrown aircraft carrier being assembled in Shanghai


The following is based on translations from Chinese media: China’s qianzhan.com says in its report yesterday that according to Canada’s Kanwa Defense Review, China has finished the preparations for the construction of, and will soon begin assembling, its homegrown aircraft carrier at Changxing Island Shipyard, Shanghai. Kanwa’s report has been confirmed by Taiwanese media. In … Continue reading

China says it is able to track and kill US stealth aircraft


In my article “Chinese Radar Detects, Locks on F-22, Causes US Withdrawal of F-22s from Japan” on April 2, 2014, I quoted an Italian media report that the major reason for the F-22’s withdrawal from Japan to Guam was that an F-22 was discovered and locked on by China’s radar. As the Italian media is … Continue reading

Is this the end of China’s economic miracle?


Ma Jijiang and his once poor family are the flesh and blood of China’s modern economic miracle, living proof of how radically the country has been reshaped since the late Deng Xiaoping changed the world in 1978 by proclaiming that to get rich is glorious and launching China’s experiment with market economics. Ma grew up … Continue reading

China could take down US power grid


China and “probably one or two other” countries have the capacity to shut down the nation’s power grid and other critical infrastructure through a cyber attack, the head of the National Security Agency told a Congressional panel Thursday. Admiral Michael Rogers, who also serves the dual role as head of U.S. Cyber Command, said the … Continue reading

New China urges increased hostility towards the west


Even as his government was making red-carpet plans to host President Obama this week, the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, praised a young blogger whose writing is best known here for its anti-American vitriol. In one widely circulated essay published by state news outlets titled “Nine Knockout Blows in America’s Cold War Against China,” the blogger, … Continue reading

China claims panic by US miltary over China’s drone-killing lasers


The following is a translation from Chinese media: According to [uncited] Russian media, China knocked down two satellites using a mysterious weapon that has reportedly caused panic among the US military. Major world powers have been making breakthroughs in drone technology day by day, enabling drones to play an increasingly greater role in future wars. … Continue reading

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