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Update of Chinese Naval and Military Buildup

July 15, 2011 Comments off

nextbigfuture

Jeff Head has collected loads of pictures of the reconstruction of the Varyag. This shot is of a Varyag from last month as it is getting outfitted and ready to set sail.

There is a lengthy but interesting analysis of China’s growing naval power at military aerospace.com.

Seaborne commerce is an essential part of Chinese trade. According to recent Chinese statistics published in the 2010 China’s Ocean Development Report, ocean commerce in 2008 alone represented 9.87 percent of China’s gross domestic product, with a valuation of nearly 3 trillion RMB (approximately $456 billion). Moreover, some 85 percent of its international trade moves by the sea lanes.

China became the world’s largest shipbuilder in 2010, eclipsing long-time leader Read more…

US to upgrade F-16s, KMT lawmaker says

July 4, 2011 1 comment

taipeitimes

The US is expected to announce soon that it will help Taiwan upgrade its current F-16 aircraft rather than sell it more advanced aircraft, a senior legislator said yesterday.

The move to upgrade the F-16A/B combat aircraft rather than sell Taiwan the more advanced F-16C/Ds it wants will generate less pressure from Beijing, which strongly opposes any arms sales to Taiwan, analysts say.

“This will be a compromise deal,” said Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Lin Yu-fang (林郁方), who chairs the legislature’s Foreign and National Defense Committee.

Taiwan has repeatedly pressed the US to sell it F-16C/Ds, as China embarks on a rapid drive to build up its offensive military capability.

However, it is feared that such a sale would “anger” Beijing, which reacted furiously in January last year when US President Barack Obama announced a US$6.4 billion arms package for Taiwan.

That package included Patriot missiles, Black Hawk helicopters and equipment for Read more…