Posts Tagged ‘China’

…and it’s investing heavily in their military capabilities, specifically their submarine and missile forces.

Is this a prelude to another cold, or even hot, war?

Red China Power

China expanding submarine, missile forces with advanced systems, Pentagon annual report says.

China is building two new classes of missile submarines in addition to the eight nuclear missile submarines and six attack submarines being deployed as part of an arms buildup that analysts say appears to put Beijing on a war footing.“

In terms of China’s submarines, they’re investing heavily in a robust program for undersea warfare, developing submarines that are both conventional, diesel-electric powered, air- independent propulsion and nuclear-powered attack submarines,” David Helvey, deputy assistant defense secretary for East Asia, told reporters at a briefing on release of the Pentagon’s annual assessment of Chinese military power.

China has yet to conduct an underwater test firing of its submarine-launched missiles but is deploying new missile submarines and planning advanced versions.

“We see China investing considerably in capabilities for operations in this area,” he said.

The Pentagon’s latest annual report to Congress also includes new details of China’s deployment of an aircraft carrier-killing ballistic missile, two new stealth jet fighters, and a new road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile in addition to three other new ICBMs.

via Red China Power | Washington Free Beacon.

…what a great idea. Give more technology to a bunch of ass backward slack jaws hell bent on stupid.

What could go wrong?

Concerns Proliferating

China confirms nuclear deal with Pakistan

China confirmed this week it will sell a new 1,000-megawatt nuclear reactor to Pakistan that the United States says would violate Beijing’s obligations under a nuclear supplier control group.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei was asked Monday about a report in the Free Beacon March 22 that first disclosed the secret agreement for the reactor reached last month in Beijing between the China National Nuclear Corp. and the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission.

“China has noted the relevant report,” Hong told reporters in Beijing.

Normally, Chinese government spokesmen deny such reports and label them “groundless” as a way to avoid comment. The spokesman’s use of the phrase “noted the relevant report” is unusual and a tacit admission the report is accurate.

U.S. intelligence and diplomatic officials privately said the agreement was reached in Beijing during a visit by a high-level Pakistani delegation of nuclear industry officials from Feb. 15 to 18.

via China confirms nuclear deal with Pakistan | Washington Free Beacon.

Patriot missiles en-route to China? You’ve got to be kidding me. I wonder how much more of our technology goes to China. Shipping Patriot missiles is not uncommon when they are being shipped to allies, but this ship was bound for China via South Korea.   The ROK could have been the destination, but it seems that this was not a routine shipment to an ally.

I find this highly suspicious.

Routine checks by Finland’s traffic safety authority revealed a load of up to 160 tonnes of improperly packed nitroguanidine, a low-sensitivity explosive with a high detonation speed.”

Actually in our investigation at the moment, we have got the information that we found 69 Patriot missiles on the ship and around 160 tonnes of explosives,” said Detective Superintendent Timo Virtanen from the Finnish National Bureau of Investigation.

via BBC News – Finland ‘finds Patriot missiles’ on China-bound ship.

Excellent post on the coming conflict with China over at Wings Over Iraq. You do know that it is inevitable, right?

Anyway, good read.

The Army is infiltrating a way in – and on a direct challenge – to the “AirSea Battle” concept.

The world’s ‘s largest ocean at first glance seems kinda – all wet – for land forces. So far, only Air Force and Navy have best capitalized on concerns over China, with the 2 highest-tech services putting forward a joint approach to controlling the Western Pacific that they call “AirSea Battle.” (The name, ironically, is a tribute to the influential Army-Air Force “AirLand Battle” concept of the 1980s).

With the goal of revising its guiding “Capstone Concept” document early next year, This We’ll Defend has kicked off a series of conferences on its role after Afghanistan. At the first event, at the end of October, a conclave of experts addressing “alternative futures” for the year 2020 repeatedly highlighted the rise of China. But both the participants and the generals hosting them seemed vague on what the Army could actually do about it.

The argument here is that the Air Force and Navy have fixated on the parts of the China problem that are most suitable to their high-priced, high-tech systems – the clash between aircraft, warships, submarines, and electronic networks to secure or deny access to the Western Pacific – while they have ignored other aspects that the Army is best suited to address.

via Army Versus Air/Sea Battle | Wings Over Iraq.