Source: Lowy Institute By Peter Layton Late last year in Australia, there was sudden interest shown in ballistic missile defence (BMD). Although the driver was North Korea’s missile testing, the real issue is China. China’s latest ballistic missiles, combined with its new island bases, are steadily undercutting Australia’s ability to defend itself without relying on… Continue reading AUSTRALIA’S CHINESE BALLISTIC MISSILE PROBLEM
Source: The National Interest By Nan Li The recent session of China’s National People’s Congress approved an increase of China’s defense budget by 8.1 percent, which translates into an annual spending of $175 billion for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) for 2018. Chinese analysts state that the increase keeps pace with China’s annual economic growth… Continue reading CHINA’S DEFENCE BUDGET: WHAT EVERYONE IS MISSING
Sourced: Defense News By: Gillian Wong, The Associated Press China’s navy held live-fire exercises near Taiwan on Wednesday in a warning to the democratic, self-ruled island against what Beijing describes as “dangerous” remarks on independence. Few details about the drills in the Taiwan Strait have been released by the Chinese government. State broadcaster China Central… Continue reading CHINA SENDS WARNING TO TAIWAN WITH NAVAL DRILLS NEAR ISLAND
Sourced: Asia Times China’s Liaoning carrier group has appeared in the South China Sea off Hainan, satellite photos show, after it was said to pass through the Taiwan Strait, in what analysts are describing as an “unusually large display of the Chinese military’s growing naval might.” That is according to Reuters, which obtained the photos… Continue reading CHINA CARRIER GROUP LEADS MASSIVE SHOW OF FORCE IN SOUTH CHINA SEA
Sourced: Defence News By: Mike Yeo China’s air force announced Tuesday that it had conducted a large-scale exercise involving 12 of its long-range bombers. According to a news release issued by the Ministry of National Defense, 12 Xian H-6K bombers belonging to the Shenwei Unit took part in the exercise, which involved missions into the… Continue reading CHINA SHOWS OFF LONG-RANGE BOMBERS IN AIR FORCE DRILL
Sourced: Offiziere By Paul Pryce Even as tensions simmer between India and China on the Doklam Plateau, where troops from both sides engaged in a two-month standoff in 2017 over Chinese efforts to build a road through territory disputed by India and Bhutan, the rivalry continues unabated at sea — namely, in the Indian Ocean… Continue reading POWER PLAYS IN THE INDIAN OCEAN: THE “GREAT GAME” GOES TO SEA ?
Sourced: National Interest Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin unveiled several new nuclear weapons last week in a replay of the Cold War. China, meanwhile, is continuing a similar buildup of high-technology strategic nuclear forces that remains largely hidden from view. Chinese secrecy about its nuclear forces and their use was a major theme of the Pentagon’s… Continue reading IS AMERICA PREPARING FOR A NUCLEAR WAR WITH CHINA ?
Sourced: Asia Times The top US military commander in charge of US troops in Africa is worried about China’s growing presence on the continent, he suggested in remarks in a congressional hearing on Tuesday. Marine General Thomas Waldhauser said in his remarks to lawmakers that China could theoretically cut off supplies to a US base… Continue reading US GENERAL: SIGNIFICANT CONSEQUENCES IF CHINA TAKES OVER DJIBOUTI PORT
Sourced: Asia Times By William Holland An annual assessment of global military capabilities and defense economics has been released by the UK-based International Institute for Strategic Studies. Titled “The Military Balance,” it provides government leaders with sound analysis regarding contemporary spending trends on military capabilities. This year’s report startled many in the US defense establishment,… Continue reading CHINA’S MILITARY REACH GOES GLOBAL, LEAVING RIVALS BEHIND
Sourced : Yahoo.com By Christina Zhao A Chinese aircraft carrier sailed through the narrow Taiwan Strait that separates the self-ruled island from China, Taipei said on Wednesday, amid escalating military drills and fears of a hostile invasion. Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said a group of Chinese ships led by the Liaoning aircraft carrier entered the southwestern… Continue reading CHINESE AIRCRAFT CARRIER NEAR TAIWAN SPARKS FEAR OF HOSTILE TAKEOVER