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    Post  George1 on Thu Jun 25, 2015 8:42 am

    China Goes Global: Space, Sea, Polar Regions Added to Draft Security Law

    China will widen the latest draft of its controversial national security law to include assets and activities in space, the deep sea and Polar Regions, state media said on Wednesday.

    President Xi Jinping, who heads a newly established national security commission, has said China's security covers a wide array of areas, including politics, culture, the military, the economy, technology and the environment, Reuters reported.

    The legislation could be adopted as early as next week, despite complaints from foreign business groups and diplomats, who argue that the draft national security law is too broad and vague.

    For example, "harmful moral standards" would also be handled under the law, state media said after the draft was read in April by the National People's Congress (NPC) standing committee, a group of about 200 members led by the ruling Communist Party.

    "Some standing committee members, participants and departments suggested that in space, the deep sea, polar regions and other strategic new frontiers, China has real and potential major national interests and faces security threats and challenges," the official Xinhua news agency said.

    China would therefore "peacefully explore and exploit" space, international sea bed areas and polar regions, and strengthen the security of "activities, assets and other interests" there, Xinhua said.

    As for space, China maintains that it has peaceful intentions beyond Earth. Still, the US Defense Department has pointed to China's increasing space capabilities and accused Beijing of pursuing ways to prevent its foes from using space-based assets during a crisis.

    China is also aiming to ramp up activity in the Antarctic and Arctic, where it says its important research and energy interests lie.

    Provisions to tighten cyber security are also core to the pending law, and foreign technology firms are particularly concerned that language calling for the use of "secure and controllable" products could force them out of the market, Reuters reported.

    Legislators would also review a new draft cyber security law, Xinhua news agency said a separate report.

    The cyber security provision is among many similar Internet and technology security measures Beijing has pursued after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed that US intelligence agencies planted code in American tech exports to spy on overseas targets.

    "The principle of Internet sovereignty is a major doctrine for safeguarding national sovereignty and interests," Xinhua said.

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    Post  George1 on Tue Jun 30, 2015 12:20 am

    Djiboutian Army Displays New Chinese Tank Destroyer



    Amid rumors of the installment of a Chinese military base in the Horn of Africa country, the Djiboutian Armed Forces (FAD) unveiled a new Chinese tank destroyer during its Independence Day parade on June 27.

    China North Industries Corporation, or Norinco, specializes in the production of high-tech defense products, including precision strike systems and amphibious assault weapons and equipment. The company is ranked as one of the top 500 state-owned enterprises in China, and one of its assault tanks was displayed on Saturday during Djibouti’s Independence Day Parade.

    With similar fire-power to a tank, but slightly more affordable and easier to maintain, Norinco’s WMA301 Assault Tank destroyer consists of a 6x6 armored personnel carrier fitted with a 105 mm gun atop a three-person turret, IHS Jane reports. The assault tank will be a new addition to the FAD which does not currently have any tanks, but only armored vehicles that have fire-support capabilities.

    The WMA301 Assault Tank’s unveiling comes nearly two months after Djiboutian President Ismail Guelleh said his country was in talks with China over the installment of a military base in the small, but strategically important, African country.

    Due to its strategic position between Somalia and Yemen, the US already has its regional military based in Djibouti, from where it carries out covert and anti-terror operations across Africa. France and Japan also have military bases located there.

    "France’s presence is old, and the Americans found that the position of Djibouti could helped in the fight against terrorism in the region," Guelleh told AFP during an interview in May. "The Japanese want to protect themselves from privacy – and now the Chinese also want to protect their interests, and they are welcome."

    China’s Defense Ministry last week declined to confirm the reports, saying only that both countries have a friendly relationship and that both are interested in regional peace and security.

    Beijing’s strengthening relations with Djibouti over recent years, along with the FAD’s recent unveiling of the assault tank, are however likely to reignite concerns in Washington over China’s expanding "sphere of influence" in the region.

    In May, US Rep. Randy Forbes, the chairman of the seapower subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, warned that "China’s determination for permanent basis far outside their traditional area of influence should remind Washington that Beijing sees itself as a global power."

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    Post  Mike E on Tue Jun 30, 2015 1:02 am

    I'll never understand why the media calls these vehicles "tank destroyers". Based on its' armament and everything else, it is a Fire Support Vehicle.

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    Post  GarryB on Wed Jul 01, 2015 5:20 am

    Technically it is a tank destroyer in that it has a tank gun... 105mm rather than an artillery gun/howitzer.

    Of course the division is blurred because the 105mm gun was also carried by the Abbot self propelled gun, which is a support vehicle.

    In the Soviet forces a 100mm rifled from T-54/55, or 115mm smoothbore or 125mm smoothbore was optimised for anti tank use, while 100mm rifled medium pressure BMP-3 gun and 120mm gun/mortar and 122mm guns are all artillery or direct fire support guns.


    In the context of its use you could say it was more a fire support vehicle... ie big gun on a mobile platform, as it would be in a more modern army because the 105 is largely obsolete as an anti tank gun, but then what sort of equipment does the potential enemy have?

    If it is M60s or T-55s and T-62 class vehicles then it certainly could be considered a tank destroyer... which by definition just means anti tank gun in a lightly armoured vehicle...


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    Post  George1 on Mon Aug 31, 2015 10:45 pm

    Victory Parade in Beijing Signals China's Rise as 'Great Military Power'

    The September 3rd military parade to celebrate Japan’s surrender in World War II will feature 12,000 troops and showcase Beijing’s military hardware, some of which will be unveiled for the first time.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – A large-scale Chinese military parade this week to mark the 70th anniversary of victory in World War II signals a crucial return of the country as a global military power, retired US Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, co-chair of the US China Policy Foundation, told Sputnik on Monday.

    “Although billed as a celebration of victory in World War II, the Beijing parade really marks China's coming-out party as a great military power, a status it has not occupied for nearly two centuries,” Freeman said.

    “Much of the weaponry on display — all of it said to be in service in the People's Liberation Army — will be new, the product of a military modernization drive aimed at ensuring that China can never again be attacked with impunity or overrun by foreign invaders,” he said.

    China’s “century of powerlessness” from 1840 to 1948, culminating in the 20 million killed at the hands of Imperial Japanese Army invaders from 1937 to 1945, motivated the current national consensus to keep the country strong, united and secure, Freeman said.

    However, China’s leaders are not threatening neighbors or developing aggressive policies, Freeman emphasized.

    “The Chinese …make the point that only those with plans to attack them need fear the PLA [People’s Liberation Army],” he said. “Still, the more foreign forces attempt to retain their …ability to overwhelm Chinese defenses, the more China is driven to acquire the ability to take the military offensive.”

    The ironies of China staging this celebration of military victory in World War II abound, Freeman, who was former US President Richard Nixon’s translator on his visit to Beijing to meet Mao Zedong in 1972, noted.

    “Japan's inability to come to grips with its despicable behavior in China, Korea, and elsewhere in Asia in the first half of the 20th century has prevented the reconciliation and reduction of tensions that occurred in post-war Europe,” Freeman argued.

    The difficulty this continues to cause for Japan's relations with its neighbors has revived a strategic context of renewed Sino-Japanese rivalry, the expert stated.

    “The United States, once allied with a weakened China against a rising Japan, now finds itself allied with a weakened Japan that is increasingly at odds with a rising China,” he said. “The awkwardness of this alignment has precluded US participation in the celebrations in Beijing.”

    What might have been a celebration of past Sino-American cooperation has instead become a harbinger of Sino-Russian collaboration in countering US policies aimed at sustaining American global dominance, he pointed out.

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    Post  George1 on Wed Nov 04, 2015 1:46 pm

    Beijing Confirms First-Ever Meeting of China's and Taiwan's Leaders

    Beijing reportedly has confirmed that the first-ever meeting of Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping will take place on Saturday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Beijing has confirmed that the first-ever meeting of Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping will take place in Singapore on Saturday, the BBC reported, citing a Taiwanese spokesman.

    China and Taiwan Officials Meet in Former War Zone
    This meeting will be the first since the Chinese Communist Revolution in 1949, when the Nationalist government had to flee from China to Taiwan after being defeated by the Communists.

    Business contacts between Taiwan and China were resumed at the end of the 1980s.

    Since the beginning of the 1990s the both countries began contacting through non-profit organizations such as Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) and Beijing Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits.

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    Post  George1 on Fri Nov 13, 2015 3:58 pm

    China, Thailand Decide to Conduct First Joint Aerial Drills in November

    The drills are expected to deepen military cooperation between the air forces of the two countries, as well as strengthen logistical communications and mutual trust within the two armies.

    BEIJING (Sputnik) — China and Thailand will conduct joint air force exercises for the first time in November, China’s Ministry of Defense said in a statement Wednesday.

    "The Air Forces of China and Thailand will hold first joint exercises Falcon Strike-2015 on November 12-30," the ministry stated on its website.

    The exercises will be held at the Korat Air Base in Thailand.

    The exercises are intended to deepen military cooperation between the air forces of the two countries, as well as strengthen logistical communications and mutual trust within the two armies, according to the Chinese Defense Ministry.

    The two countries agreed to strengthen military ties in September.

    Thai Minister of Defense Prawit Wongsuwon said on September 4 that his country attaches great importance to the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership.

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    Post  George1 on Wed Nov 25, 2015 11:18 pm

    Out of Africa: Will China's Military Displace the US on the Continent?

    China is apparently set to open its first military base in Africa. The move has already thrilled the US media, which was quick to suppose that it is aimed at “edging out Western influence in the region and securing access to the continent’s vast mineral resources for itself.”

    Beijing has signed a ten-year leasing agreement with Djibouti to build a logistical hub in the East African nation, located in the Horn of Africa, according to a report of the US political newspaper The Hill.


    “They are going to build a base in Djibouti, so that will be their first military location in Africa," it quotes US Army Gen. David Rodriguez, commander of US Africa Command, as recently telling defense reporters.

    The base, he further suggested, would serve as a logistics hub for China to be able to "extend their reach."

    “Setting up a military base in Africa makes perfect sense given China’s vast economic presence in the region,” the outlet further quotes J. Peter Pham, director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council, as saying. “The base would be cheaper than China’s current, temporary arrangements that allow for docking ships at Djibouti ports to conduct naval patrols.”

    “The base also gives China an airfield that could significantly improve its intelligence gathering capabilities over the Arabian Peninsula, Egypt, Eastern Libya and well into Central Africa.”

    However, the newspaper was quick to suggest that “the move into Africa represents a challenge to the dominance of the US, which has its own military base in Djibouti, at Camp Lemonnier, from which it conducts intelligence, counter-piracy and counterterrorism operations.”

    Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs, said that “the US has to be vigilant in the face of China’s growing ambitions,” the article notes.

    The idea is echoed by The National Interest magazine, which, in turn, supposed that “the Chinese public relations offensive combined with its new base means that Beijing is in Africa for the long haul. Going forward in the years to come, Beijing could edge out Western influence in the region and secure access to the continent’s vast mineral resources for itself.”

    The magazine explained that “China has somewhat of an advantage in competing for business in Africa because it does not have any intention or desire to impose its values on the locals or their governments.”

    “As such Chinese investments don’t come with any strings attached in terms of human rights or governance.”

    Djibouti is a small country in East Africa, across from Yemen and on the Gulf of Aden, with a population of a little over 872,000, according to the World Bank estimates. The vast majority of the population (94%) is Muslim; about 6 percent are Christian.

    Djibouti is strategically located near the world's busiest shipping lanes, controlling access to the Red Sea and Indian Ocean.

    The country is a home to the US Camp Lemonnier base, which houses 4,500 American military personnel and is the only US military base in Africa.

    Camp Lemonnier, according to its website, is a “Navy-led establishment that supports and prepares ships, aircraft and other deployments for regional and combatant command requirements. It also enables US military operations in the surrounding Horn of Africa while fostering positive US-African Nation relations."

    It is also a major operational center for drone operations in Yemen and Somalia and one of America’s key intelligence-gathering posts on Islamic State and al-Qaeda, according to The Telegraph.

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    Post  mrtravisgood on Thu Nov 26, 2015 2:10 am

    That is interesting. How will the Chinese or the whole nation of Africa begin to see that they have other countries bases in their little countries. France and the US have drone/Reaper unites in Chad, Ethiopia, and Niger. Bokka Haram boarders these areas and do raids. So what will China do when Bokka Harem or another terrorist group decides to set its sight on the new Chinese base?

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    Post  George1 on Sat Jan 02, 2016 3:06 am

    What are the Chances of China Deploying Troops to Syria?

    Last week, lawmakers adopted China's first-ever dedicated anti-terrorism law. The new law's most interesting provision, as far as foreign observers are concerned, is an article authorizing the Chinese military to take part in counter-terrorism missions abroad. Will China now join the Syrian, Russian and Iranian-led anti-terror campaign in Syria?

    On Thursday, commenting on China's new counterterrorism law, and specifically its provision allowing the People's Liberation Army to participate in anti-terrorism operations overseas, Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujin emphasized that China has a "proactive" attitude when it comes to international cooperation against terrorism.

    Speaking at a regular monthly briefing for reporters, cited by Reuters, Yang explained that in the event that Chinese forces were ever deployed abroad for the purposes of fighting terrorism, it would be in full respect of international norms, including countries' sovereignty.

    "Overseas anti-terrorism operations by the military and People's Armed Police must respect the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter, adhere to the norms of international relations and fully respect the sovereignty of the country concerned," the spokesman emphasized.

    "Going forward, whether or not to send the military and People's Armed Police overseas to fight terrorism, will be arranged in accordance with a unified national plan," he added, without elaborating.

    After the law was passed, speculation quickly emerged suggesting that China could deploy its armed forces to Syria to combat jihadist militants, including radicals from the al-Qaeda-backed East Turkestan Islamic Movement, which operates in the western Chinese province Xinjiang. It was earlier reported that militants from this organization had gone to Syria to fight alongside jihadists there, and that some have returned home to carry out attacks in western China. But is there any truth to the rumors? Will China join the anti-Daesh coalition fighting in Syria anytime soon? Not likely, according to Russian journalist Anton Mardasov.

    "It's worth recalling," Mardasov noted, in his article for independent Russian newspaper Svobodnaya Pressa, "that soon after Russia's intervention in the Syrian conflict, the media was filled with reports that a Chinese fleet led by the Liaoning aircraft carrier had passed through the Suez Canal to take part in the war in support of the Syrian government."

    However, the journalist continued, the rumors were soon quashed.

    In his own article on the matter of the phantom Chinese aircraft carrier for Russian military newspaper Voyenno-promyshlennyy Kuryer, Alexandr Khramchikhin, the deputy director of the Institute of Political and Military Analysis, explained that Beijing does not seem prepared to abandon its policy of maintaining good relations with those countries in the region which support the ouster of Syrian President Bashar Assad, including Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

    Meanwhile, some experts, Mardasov noted, believe that China's possible interest in destroying terrorists abroad stems from the fact that like Daesh in Iraq and Syria, the East Turkestan Islamic Movement threatens to separate Xinjiang from China, and to create an Islamic State on its own territory. In Syria, these experts have emphasized, ethnic Uighur jihadists, associated with the al-Nusra Front and Daesh, have their own bases and training centers.

    In October, Russian observers discovered photos showing Chinese military jeeps – presumably operated by the Syrian Army, suggesting that this was the first confirmation of the supply of Chinese military equipment to Syrian government forces. This, Russian military blog BMPD suggested, could be a sign that China has abandoned its earlier-stated position that it would not support any party to the conflict militarily.

    "In the war in Syria, a large variety of Chinese weapons has been used, including the HJ-8 MANPADS FN-5 anti-tank system, various types of small arms and light weapons. However, in most instances this was a case of weapons transferred to Syrian rebel groups from various Arab armies, or from the Islamists' seizure of Iraqi military supplies. Apparently, now China's position on the question of military and military-technical assistance to Syrian authorities has begun to undergo changes," BMPD wrote at the time.

    In an interview for a separate Svobodnaya Pressa piece, Alexei Maslov, the head of the School of Asian Studies at Moscow's Higher School of Economics, explained that after Russia's intervention in the Syrian crisis, Beijing actively pondered whether or not to join the Syrian-Russian anti-Daesh coalition. Ultimately, according to the analyst, the country's leadership decided that such a move would not serve the country's interests.

    "More than anything, [such a move would be problematic] from the point of view of the country's image. For many years, China has not taken part in conflicts abroad, fearing that this could lead to a negative reaction, both domestically and abroad," Maslov noted.

    Nonetheless, Alexandr Larin, senior research fellow at the Moscow-based Institute of Far Eastern Studies, told Mardasov that the new counter-terrorism law allowing the PLA to conduct anti-terrorism operations abroad will naturally stoke the rumor mill.

    "This could be one of the factors which has led some experts and media to get the impression that China may participate in the Syrian conflict. This idea is supported by the fact that on the side of the militants in Syria are a number of Islamist separatists from China's Xinjiang," the expert noted.

    However, Larin added that in his view, "Chinese intervention in the Syrian conflict seems very unlikely. Beijing maintains a policy of equidistance in relation to most countries in the world. Accordingly, it has a special line when it comes to the Syrian crisis. China adheres to three principles – a settlement by political means, the combined action of anti-terrorist forces, and humanitarian assistance. I should note that China is in a rather advantageous position, given that the fighting is being carried out by other countries."

    "On the whole," the analyst continued, "up to now I have not seen any serious signs that would indicate that Beijing is really going to take part in combat operations in the Middle East. It is clear that China has a profound interest in a stable situation in the region, particularly given it gets much of its oil from countries there (mainly from Iran), and makes serious investments there."

    "Moreover," Larin noted, "it is through the Middle East that the [southern route of the] 'New Silk Road' is to extend. This too forces Beijing to smooth out the situation. But the Chinese are unlikely to risk getting involved in the Syrian conflict – moreover via the sending of their troops there, which would mean joining a coalition and automatically receiving rivals and opponents from the other alliances. Thus everything up to now suggests that China will be unlikely to intervene directly in the Syrian war."

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/military/20160101/1032581067/china-troops-syria-analysis.html#ixzz3w34or4de


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    Post  max steel on Sat Jan 16, 2016 9:45 am

    One China, One Taiwan


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    Post  George1 on Sat Feb 06, 2016 7:48 pm

    China's First Overseas Base in Djibouti Will 'Help Fleet'

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    Post  George1 on Sat Feb 06, 2016 7:54 pm

    First Chinese Train Arrives to Russia as Part of New Silk Road

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    Post  max steel on Sun Feb 14, 2016 5:42 pm

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    Post  George1 on Tue Mar 08, 2016 12:02 pm

    China’s Growing Overseas Presence Aims to Protect Beijing’s Interests

    China’s ascendance on the international arena comes out from the defense the country's interests abroad, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Tuesday.

    BEIJING (Sputnik) – China’s growing overseas presence is aimed at protecting the country's interests abroad, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Tuesday.

    "Like many large countries, China expands its presence abroad," Wang stated at a briefing.

    Tens of thousands of Chinese companies are working abroad, while China's 2016 overseas investment exceeded $100 billion, that is why the protection of the country's interests "is a pressing issue for Chinese diplomacy" and the actions of Beijing "are focused on the protection of its interests," he stressed.

    China will not follow the expansion path as the world’s powerful countries traditionally did, the minister noted.

    The Asian nation provided the largest number of peacekeepers for worldwide programs, and the contribution to the UN budget for peacekeeping missions is also the highest, he stressed.

    Wang also voiced China’s intent to strengthen cooperation with other countries, including the collaboration in the legal and security areas.

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    Post  George1 on Mon Oct 03, 2016 2:35 am

    Chinese naval fleet call at Myanmar port to enhance strategic cooperative partnership

    YANGON, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese naval fleet comprising Xiangtan and Zhoushan of the 23rd Escort Task Group called at the Myanmar International Terminals Thilawa (MITT) in Yangon's Thanlyin township Friday, following the completion of its escort mission in the Gulf of Aden.

    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy fleet's five-day visit to Myanmar aims to implement the important consensus reached by military leaders of both sides, that is to strengthen strategic communication, promote practical cooperation and enrich the China-Myanmar comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership.

    The call also aims to enhance exchange and cooperation and increase mutual understanding and traditional friendly ties between navies of the two countries.

    Welcoming the Chinese naval fleet at the Thilawa port terminal were Chinese Ambassador Hong Liang and Chief of Myanmar naval dockyard headquarters Admiral Myint Oo as well as other naval officials.

    Ambassador Hong Liang said at the deck reception that the PLA naval fleet's Myanmar visit will promote understanding of Myanmar people on China and enhance the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries and deepen military cooperation between the two armed forces.

    He added that during the four months' voyage of escorting Chinese and foreign vessels, the PLA navy fleet also protected those transporting humanitarian food aid, showing the PLA navy's contribution to a harmonious world and a harmonious ocean and playing a positive role in safeguarding world peace and stability.

    During its call in Myanmar, commander of the Chinese navy fleet will meet Myanmar military leaders.

    Besides carrying out cultural exchange and interaction with the Myanmar side such as visits, tours, football games with their counterparts, the Chinese naval vessels will be open to the public for show .

    The Chinese naval fleet's call at Myanmar port, which represent another voyage after a training flotilla's visit in May 2014, will be significantly important to the exchange of the two navies.

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    Post  George1 on Sat Nov 19, 2016 2:16 pm

    Xi Jinping Heads to Latin America to 'Fill Vacuum Left By New US Politics'

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