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Post #51 by Sturminator » Wed Nov 06, 2013 3:00 am

I am waiting for Gord's scathing comparison of Belgium and the Soviet Union.
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Post #52 by shredz » Fri Nov 08, 2013 6:07 am

China Deploys New Bomber with Long-Range Land Attack Missile

China’s military recently deployed an upgraded strategic bomber that will carry the military’s new long-range land attack cruise missile, capable of attacking Hawaii and Guam, according to a draft congressional report.

The Oct. 8 draft of the forthcoming report of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission also reveals that China has developed a new armed drone nearly identical to U.S. military’s Reaper. The Chinese missile-firing drone likely was developed through Chinese cyber espionage against U.S. defense contractors.

The report highlights a rapidly modernizing Chinese military that includes large numbers of new weapons and new warfighting techniques, including attack capabilities in space and cyberspace.

“PLA modernization is on track to alter the security balance in Asia over the next five to 10 years, challenging decades of U.S. military preeminence,” the report concludes.

On the bomber, the People’s Liberation Army in June accepted the first of 15 new Hongzha-6K, or H-6K, bombers. The bomber is based on a late 1950s Soviet design but has an extended range. However, its long-range cruise missile is new.

The report said the H-6K, also known as “Zhan Shen” or God of War, “can carry China’s new long-range land-attack cruise missile (LACM).”

“The bomber/LACM weapon system provides the PLA Air Force with the ability to conduct conventional strikes against regional targets throughout the western Pacific, including U.S. facilities in Guam,” the report said.

Guam is being built up by the U.S. military as a key strategic military hub as part of the new “pivot” strategy of realigning forces toward Asia.

The report said China’s new land-attack missile can be equipped with a nuclear warhead. However, so far there is no confirmation that the new missile is armed with nuclear warheads.


Rest of the article: http://freebeacon.com/china-deploys-new-bomber-with-long-range-land-attack-missile/
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Post #55 by shredz » Wed Nov 13, 2013 2:21 pm

Russia to Deploy Long-Range Attack Drone by 2016

Russia is developing its first long-range drone aircraft capable of conducting ground attack missions, but lags behind other militaries in building unmanned aerial combat vehicles, according to U.S. officials

The aircraft appears similar to the U.S. MQ-9 Reaper missile-firing UAV.

http://freebeacon.com/russia-to-deploy-long-range-attack-drone-by-2016/
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Post #57 by NyQuil » Sat Nov 23, 2013 11:24 am

It's going to get crowded up there with all of the drones flying around - particularly as the amount of time they can spend in the air increases exponentially.
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Post #58 by shredz » Fri Nov 29, 2013 10:40 am

China says it scrambled fighter jets to monitor US and Japanese planes as they flew in its newly declared air defence zone in the East China Sea on Friday.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25155605

China warned North Korea on Friday it would not tolerate chaos on its doorstep, while blaming Japan for the tension between Asia's two largest economies.

Ties between Beijing and Pyongyang have deteriorated since North Korea conducted its third nuclear test in February. China signed on to U.N. sanctions in March, but remains the North's largest trading partner.

"China will never allow (anyone) to cause chaos and incidents on our home's doorstep and will never accept China's process of development from being disturbed and interrupted again," Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on the foreign ministry's website.


"Japan should face up to reality, be cautious in its language and prudent in its actions, and refrain from doing things that undermine China's sovereignty and interests," Wang said.

"Japan's years of militarism and war of aggression have brought grave disaster to countries in Asia. Only when (it) learns from history can it open up to the future, only by adhering to the path of peace can it win its neighbours' trust."

Ties between the two countries suffered in September 2012 after Japan bought two of the disputed islets from a private owner, setting off a wave of protests and boycotts of Japanese goods across China.

On the United States, Wang repeated President Xi Jinping's earlier remarks that China wanted to build "a new brand of relations between major powers", based on principles of non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and cooperation.
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Post #59 by shredz » Fri Nov 29, 2013 10:53 am

The Pentagon is fortifying bases in the Pacific and looking to revive World War II-era air bases as part of an effort to survive a Chinese missile attack that could wipe out critical installations on Okinawa and elsewhere, military records, interviews and congressional testimony show.

The strategy indicates the evolution of the administration’s shift toward Asia, which includes the creation of a growing base in northern Australia. Chinese missiles have been a preoccupation of Pentagon planners who worry they could be used as a threat to deny access to the region by U.S. ships, planes and troops.


http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20131125/NEWS08/311250022

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North Korea 'restarts' nuclear reactor, atomic watchdog warns

IAEA nuclear watchdog chief 'seriously concerned' about Pyongyang programme after study of satellite images


http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/28/north-korea-restarts-nuclear-reactor-warns-iaea-pyongyang

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Post #60 by Craig » Fri Nov 29, 2013 11:05 am

China's been made to look a fool with that air zone thing of theirs, haven't they?
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Post #61 by shredz » Fri Nov 29, 2013 11:07 am

Craig wrote:China's been made to look a fool with that air zone thing of theirs, haven't they?


I question what would happen if they shot a few down.

Are we that close to war? I doubt China would do it though.

Call me crazy but this is definitely escalating and there is tension all over.
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Post #62 by Craig » Fri Nov 29, 2013 11:22 am

The thing to keep in mind is China pulls most of these stunts for domestic purposes. They have absolutely no interest in military conflict with the US, Japan, or anyone else. They're winning the world economically and they know it, they just use sabre-rattling from time to time to drum up nationalism in China in an attempt to extend the rule of the Party.
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Post #63 by shredz » Fri Nov 29, 2013 11:22 am

For sure they want to seem as if they are on steroids but world powers tend to be stubborn which can be a recipe for disaster.

I guess it's a dog and pony show like North Korea does from time to time.
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Post #64 by shredz » Fri Nov 29, 2013 11:24 am

Craig wrote:The thing to keep in mind is China pulls most of these stunts for domestic purposes. They have absolutely no interest in military conflict with the US, Japan, or anyone else. They're winning the world economically and they know it, they just use sabre-rattling from time to time to drum up nationalism in China in an attempt to extend the rule of the Party.


Great points and it makes a ton of sense.
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Post #65 by Mr Nice Guy » Fri Nov 29, 2013 3:04 pm

Yeah, the biggest concern of the Chinese government is not Japan or the US or any other external threat. It's self preservation.

The problem is that nationalism isn't just a dial you can turn up and down to suit your needs. To have a country that will be a great power within the next few decades have such a huge chip on its shoulder is concerning. Of course the Japanese being total dickbags what with their total denial of rape and genocide doesn't help matters.

I don't really understand the Japanese position. I've never met a Japanese person who didn't seem very humble and non-threatening, which is totally at odds with their current bout of nationalism.
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Post #66 by mayoradamwest » Fri Nov 29, 2013 4:01 pm

The world would be much safer if everyone took after Canada and allowed their military procurements to be multi-decade fiascos.
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Post #67 by Mr Nice Guy » Fri Nov 29, 2013 4:12 pm

mayoradamwest wrote:The world would be much safer if everyone took after Canada and allowed their military procurements to be multi-decade fiascos.


The US, with their F-35 and Littoral Combat Ship programs, don't fare much better.
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Post #68 by Craig » Fri Nov 29, 2013 4:21 pm

Mr Nice Guy wrote:Yeah, the biggest concern of the Chinese government is not Japan or the US or any other external threat. It's self preservation.

The problem is that nationalism isn't just a dial you can turn up and down to suit your needs. To have a country that will be a great power within the next few decades have such a huge chip on its shoulder is concerning. Of course the Japanese being total dickbags what with their total denial of rape and genocide doesn't help matters.

I don't really understand the Japanese position. I've never met a Japanese person who didn't seem very humble and non-threatening, which is totally at odds with their current bout of nationalism.


Another thing to keep in mind about China is they're still decades away from being able to project power in a meaningful way. Once you get like 100km from their borders they're more or less impotent, so they're not very likely to start WW3 anywhere other than maybe Taiwan. So as bad as nationalism can be, I'm not particularly worried about how it manifests in this generation of Chinese people. I hope that the modernization that's already well under way in their society will take care of it for future ones.

It would be interesting to see how nationalism breaks down in China along demographic and socioeconomic terms.
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Post #69 by Mr Nice Guy » Fri Nov 29, 2013 4:37 pm

I found this BBC article on prominent Chinese weibo users to be interesting:
Sina Weibo ranks its users by both popularity (number of followers) and online influence (level of activity, combined with the number of active followers and the number of times their posts are shared).

The most influential users, who frequently make headlines in China, include entrepreneurs, property moguls, lawyers and authors. There is even one religious figure among Sina Weibo's top 10.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-23925364
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Post #70 by shredz » Sat Nov 30, 2013 10:00 am

U.S. airlines advised to give China flight plans over new defense zone

A U.S. administration official said China's action appeared to be a unilateral attempt to change the status quo in the East China Sea, which could "increase the risk of miscalculation, confrontation and accidents".
"We urge the Chinese to exercise caution and restraint, and we are consulting with Japan and other affected parties throughout the region," the official said.


http://ca.news.yahoo.com/u-airlines-advised-china-flight-plans-over-defense-093532628.html
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Post #71 by shredz » Sat Nov 30, 2013 10:35 am

Chinese president has ordered soldiers to strengthen training in order to win future war to defend Chinese territories.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=469_1385747697

the link is kind of pointless, it's in Chinese.
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Post #73 by shredz » Fri Dec 27, 2013 9:43 am

H-6K can strike regional targets without leaving Chinese airspace

The People's Liberation Army's H-6K strategic bomber can attack the Japanese mainland with CJ-10 cruise missiles without even leaving Chinese airspace, reports the Kanwa Defense Review run by Andrei Chang also known as Pinkov, a military analyst based in Canada.

China had no real nuclear projection capability until H-6K entered service with the PLA Air Force, Kanwa's report said. H-6K bombers have already been deployed with the 8th and 10th air divisions of the PLA Air Force. However, strategic bombers alone can not help China penetrate enemy defenses using surface-to-air missiles. For this reason, the long-range cruise missile has become a crucial part of China's nuclear arsenal.

With a range of between 1,500 and 2,000 kilometers, the CJ-10 meets the requirements of the PLA Air Force to possess the capability to launch strategic missile attacks against US military facilities and those of its allies in the Western Pacific. All major cities in India are also within range if the H-6K launches the missile from Tibet.

In a potential war against Southeast Asian neighbors over territories in the South China Sea, the CJ-10 could be launched directly against Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines from the airspace of China's southern island province of Hainan. Although the bomber and cruise missile lack the range to attack Russia's largest cities, they pose a major threat to Russian cities in the Far East. An H-6K taking off from the air base of the PLA's 10th air division in Anqing, Anhui province, would be able to strike at all US military bases in South Korea.

If the bomber were commanded to attack Japan's main island of Honshu, the best choice from which to launch the CJ-10 missile would be the airspace of the Shandong peninsula at a distance of 1,700 kilometers, the article said, while Heilongjiang province in northeastern China is only 1,100 kilometers from the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.


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Post #74 by Mr Nice Guy » Sat Dec 28, 2013 9:56 am

I sometimes wonder how well some of this Chinese designed military hardware works.
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Post #75 by Sturminator » Fri Jan 03, 2014 2:20 pm

This is a big deal:

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/how-the-army-s-recent-successful-laser-test-could-change-the-future-of-warfare-005259265.html

The obvious mid-term goal of this technology is laser systems which can neutralize potential chinese missile systems and protect american airbases and fleets in the pacific. If the US military can field anti-missile lasers capable of tracking targets at mach 5+ (hitting them is obviously no problem if they can be tracked) within the next twenty years, the chinese are fucked, and yankee power will remain in the asia-pacific region for a long time to come. We'll see if that comes to pass, but it looks entirely possible at this point.
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Post #76 by shredz » Sat Jan 04, 2014 12:11 pm

Exclusive: U.S. waived laws to keep F-35 on track with China-made parts

The Pentagon repeatedly waived laws banning Chinese-built components on U.S. weapons in order to keep the $392 billion Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter program on track in 2012 and 2013, even as U.S. officials were voicing concern about China's espionage and military buildup.


According to Pentagon documents reviewed by Reuters, chief U.S. arms buyer Frank Kendall allowed two F-35 suppliers, Northrop Grumman Corp and Honeywell International Inc, to use Chinese magnets for the new warplane's radar system, landing gears and other hardware. Without the waivers, both companies could have faced sanctions for violating federal law and the F-35 program could have faced further delays.


http://ca.news.yahoo.com/exclusive-u-waived-laws-keep-f-35-track-204531422--sector.html
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Post #77 by shredz » Mon Jan 13, 2014 10:05 am

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Russian security forces possess the experience and numbers necessary to provide for safe Olympic Games. They will have an intense multilayered system in place throughout Sochi. The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation, or the FSB, is the primary security agency in Russia -- it is the successor to the Soviet KGB and the country's chief counterterrorism agency -- and has taken the lead in guaranteeing security for the Sochi Olympics since 2010.


The FSB will lead close to 100,000 security personnel in securing the games and Sochi overall. Other elements involved in Olympic security operations will be in place:

Read more: Sochi 2014: A Security Challenge | Stratfor
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  • More than 40,000 police are expected to be on duty during the games and will be trained to converse with spectators in three languages other than Russian (English, French and German). They will also have a 24-hour hotline available for assistance.

  • Roughly 30,000 members of the armed forces will deploy to the Sochi area.

  • A Russian military group dubbed “Operations Group Sochi” is expected to supervise and secure the mountainous belt from Sochi to Mineralnye Vody near the Olympic Mountain Cluster using roughly 10,000 troops.

  • Russia’s 58th Army will be responsible for securing and supervising the southern border with Georgia.

  • Surveillance for the games will include drones, reconnaissance robots, sonar systems and high-speed patrol boats.

  • A computer system called Sorm will be upgraded and operational to monitor all Internet and communication traffic by Sochi residents, visiting competitors and spectators during the Olympics in the hopes of intercepting any sensitive information that could help to avoid any potential disruptions.

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Post #78 by shredz » Tue Jan 14, 2014 11:07 am

China Set to Seize South China Sea Island by Force

Reports out of Chinese state media indicate that Beijing is set to invade an island in the South China Sea "illegally occupied" by US ally the Philippines, stoking concerns that the tension filled region could explode.
Relying on US support, the Philippines is so arrogant as to announce in the New Year that it will increase its navy and air force deployment at Zhongye Island, a Chinese island that it has illegally occupied for years.

According to experts, the Chinese navy has drawn a detailed combat plan to seize the island and the battle will be restricted within the South China Sea.


http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13921024000399
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Post #79 by shredz » Tue Jan 28, 2014 7:33 am

Did you know that Sweden is one of the top ten weapons exporting countries in the world?

Here's the top ten:

http://www.therichest.com/expensive-lifestyle/location/the-top-10-weapon-exporting-countries-in-the-world/
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Post #80 by shredz » Thu Jan 30, 2014 2:50 pm

This is pretty cool.


One Map That Shows What America’s Spies Are Worried About

“Looking back over my more than half a century in intelligence, I have not experienced a time when we have been beset by more crises and threats around the globe,” Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the committee. “My list is long. It includes the scourge and diversification of terrorism loosely connected and now globally dispersed, to include here at home, as exemplified by the Boston Marathon bombing.”


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Official intelligence report: http://www.intelligence.senate.gov/140129/clapper.pdf
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Post #81 by shredz » Sun Feb 09, 2014 8:23 pm

US blames China for rising tensions in South China Sea, Top General warns them.

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/cdc09e14-91a7-11e3-8fb3-00144feab7de.html#axzz2ssUapH5J
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