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    Post  George1 on Mon Nov 27, 2017 12:13 am

    Chinese military base in Djibouti



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    Post  George1 on Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:34 pm

    China took long-term lease of the deep-water port of Hambantota in Sri Lanka

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    Post  Tsavo Lion on Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:15 pm

    China began construction of the 1st military base in Afghanistan
    https://iz.ru/782881/2018-08-29/kitai-pristupil-k-stroitelstvu-pervoi-voennoi-bazy-v-afganistane?utm_source=smi2

    There's more to it than meets the eye. Afghanistan is between China & Iran; it borders on her ally Pakistan & 3 Central Asian Stans:
    Reported Chinese military base in Afghanistan motivated by BRI expansion; China’s greater involvement in peace process likely
    https://www.janes.com/article/82637/reported-chinese-military-base-in-afghanistan-motivated-by-bri-expansion-china-s-greater-involvement-in-peace-process-likely

    Beijing does not want to anger Americans in Afghanistan
    ..the calm in Badakhshan is extremely important for China and because in the neighborhood, in Pakistan, it is laying a transport corridor from Xinjiang to the port of Gwadar on the Indian Ocean shore. Therefore, military assistance to Kabul is supplemented by Beijing with economic assistance, as well as with the efforts of its diplomacy. Thus, at the end of last year, a meeting of the foreign ministers of China, Afghanistan and Pakistan was organized in Beijing. http://www.ng.ru/world/2018-08-29/7_7299_china.html?print=Y
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Badakhshan_Province
    Time will tell what happens next!
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    Post  Tsavo Lion on Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:20 pm

    China denies reported plans for troops at Afghan camp
    http://www.atimes.com/article/china-denies-reported-plans-for-troops-at-afghan-camp/?utm_source=The+Daily+Report&utm_campaign=dc02e29a5d-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_08_30_12_33&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f8bca137f-dc02e29a5d-31607385

    Denials notwithstanding, they need to get their boots on the ground before the failed state of Afghanistan implodes & divided up.
    No Chinese ventures have faced terror attacks in Afghanistan despite the covert presence of the People’s Liberation Army. China and Pakistan both want the Americans and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization out of Afghanistan.
    ..if President Donald Trump was trying to wean Russia away from China, then the US sanctions on Iran and Russia and the trade war have, in turn, combined China, Russia and Iran in supporting the Taliban, with Pakistan continuing its muscle support. This makes the US-NATO stay in Afghanistan much more difficult. http://www.atimes.com/to-stabilize-afghanistan-us-needs-to-review-its-china-pakistan-policy/?utm_source=The+Daily+Report&utm_campaign=dc02e29a5d-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_08_30_12_33&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f8bca137f-dc02e29a5d-31607385


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    Post  Tsavo Lion on Fri Aug 31, 2018 7:57 pm

    The Chinese military has been assisting its Afghan counterparts in anti-terrorism operations and capacity building for the Afghan forces. Meanwhile, the latest announcement of Beijing’s decision to build a military base in the strategic Wakhan corridor bordering China, Tajikistan, and Pakistan-administered Kashmir is considered a bold move and an unprecedented decision by the Chinese leadership to intervene militarily in Afghanistan. http://www.atimes.com/india-risks-losing-big-in-afghanistan/?utm_source=The+Daily+Report&utm_campaign=f848721a60-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_08_31_12_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f8bca137f-f848721a60-31607385

    The government of Afghanistan has asked the People's Republic of China on several occasions to open the border in the Wakhan Corridor for economic reasons or as an alternative supply route for fighting the Taliban insurgency. The Chinese have resisted, largely due to unrest in its far western province of Xinjiang, which borders the corridor. In December 2009, it was reported that the United States had asked China to open the corridor.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wakhan_Corridor
    They'll now open it to themselves on their own terms to help Pakistan & to keep India out of Afghanistan. The West can forget about exploiting mineral deposits there.
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    Post  Tsavo Lion on Sat Sep 01, 2018 6:29 am

    No troops to Afghanistan: China
    https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/no-troops-to-afghanistan-china/article24822840.ece

    They may wear no insignia or be in Afghan Army uniforms. We r talking about special "mountain" forces. They may be even from among the Chinese Muslims, many of whom r not Han types.
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    Post  Tsavo Lion on Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:08 am

    After Syria’s partition, will Xinjiang be destabilized?
    http://www.atimes.com/after-syrias-partition-will-xinjiang-be-destabilized/

    If the Chinese feel that not enough is being done in Idlib, their intervention is very possible. This showdown is coming soon!
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    Post  nemrod on Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:56 pm

    If indeed, in the past China used to copy soviet military's hardware, often times in the bad ways, after the 2010's it is no longer true. China's new hardware are matching in some ways many western and russian military's hardware. If they lagged behind Russia in many military's key points, they are now step by step catching up all russian hardware. Many pundits foresee in the next decade China, West and Russia equals. But after 2030 if the trend will go on, China could be the leader.



    China’s Military ‘More Than Just Catching Up’
    New Chinese military hardware remarkably more advanced
    BY TYREL SCHLOTE • FEBRUARY 20


    hina’s military is not on par with the United States military, but it is “catching up,” according to a report released this week by the International Institute of Strategic Studies (iiss).

    In its annual report titled “The Military Balance,” the iiss details how China has made “remarkable” progress in its military advancement, particularly in avionics, missile technology and naval capability. According to Bastian Giegerich, director of defense and military analysis at iiss, “in some selected areas, our assessment is indeed that China is doing more than just catching up.”

    China has invested billions of dollars in its military to bring it into the 21st century. No longer content to be a regional power, China has made huge strides in the past year to take its military to the global stage. In 2017, China opened its first overseas base in the African nation of Djibouti. This allows Chinese naval vessels to operate farther from home for longer periods of time.

    At the same time, the Chinese Navy continues to expand. In 2017, it launched its first Type 055 guided missile destroyer, the largest post-World War ii warship to be produced in Asia. It has seven more of these vessels under construction. China is also constructing a second aircraft carrier. Regarding China’s expanding navy, Giegerich told Die Welt, “In the last four years, China has built vessels with a total tonnage that is greater than the total tonnage of the French Navy and is roughly equivalent to the total tonnage of the British Royal Navy.”

    The Chinese Air Force is also quickly catching up with American air superiority. It recently entered its own fifth-generation aircraft, the J-20, into service. Fifth-generation fighters incorporate stealth technology and have supersonic cruising speeds. This makes the J-20 a rival to America’s F-35 fighter. The model challenges America’s “monopoly on operational stealthy combat aircraft,” according to Dr. John Chipman, director general and chief executive at iiss.

    Still, this new fighter is a serious problem for the West. Since the end of the Cold War, air superiority has given Western nations an advantage over their enemies. Planes could operate with relative freedom in combat zones. But, according to Giegerich, “those days now are over.”

    The third area of advancement the report drew attention to was China’s missile capability. Its PL-15 extended-range air-to-air missile could enter service this year. “This weapon appears to be equipped with an active electronically scanned array radar, indicating that China has joined the few nations able to integrate this capability on an air-to-air missile,” reported Chipman.

    The bbc reported that a “very long-range air-to-air missile [is] intended specifically to strike at tanker and command and control aircraft that now orbit out of harm’s way; essential but vulnerable elements in any air operation.” Improving air-to-air missile technology pushes American support aircraft even further from Chinese forces.

    The J-20 fits right in with that strategy. As Business Insider reported, this new jet isn’t meant to go head to head with American jets. Instead of direct confrontation, these fighters deter confrontation almost completely:

    Malcolm Davis, a senior analyst at the Australia Strategic Policy Institute, told Business Insider that the J-20 is a “fundamentally different sort of aircraft than the F-35.”

    Davis characterized the J-20 as “high-speed, long-range, not quite as stealthy (as U.S. fifth-gen aircraft), but [the Chinese] clearly don’t see that as important.” According to Davis, the J-20 is “not a fighter, but an interceptor and a strike aircraft” that doesn’t seek to contend with U.S. jets in air-to-air battles.

    Instead, “the Chinese are recognizing they can attack critical airborne support systems like awacs (airborne early warning and control systems) and refueling planes so they can’t do their job,” Davis said. “If you can force the tankers back, then the F-35s and other platforms aren’t sufficient because they can’t reach their target.”

    Analysts call this China’s “anti-access area denial” strategy. This strategy is a combination of missiles, sensors and weaponry that tries to keep an enemy further away from its shores. By developing weaponry that attacks support aircraft, China can limit the range of the enemy’s attack aircraft.

    The same strategy can be seen in the artificial islands China is creating in the South China Sea. Despite its repeated denials, China is militarizing those islands. It has placed anti-ship cruise missiles on them. Like the air-to-air missiles, these cruise missiles force American naval vessels to operate farther away from China in the event of a conflict.

    All these advances in avionics, missile technology and naval capability create an overlapping defense grid that keeps potential enemies further away from China. The iiss report points out that China still lags behind in its ground combat capabilities. But China is working to prevent any enemies with superior forces from even being able to initiate a land war.

    The iiss report confirms the Trumpet’s warning on China’s strategy in the Pacific. Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry warned that China is “steering the world toward war.” In our July 2016 issue, he pointed out that the Chinese regime is now challenging “seven decades of American naval dominance in the Pacific Rim.” This aggressive behavior “should alarm the world!” he wrote.

    “Since Japan’s defeat in World War ii, America has protected this vital trade route and brought peace to this part of the world,” Mr. Flurry wrote. But because of new military technology, China is pushing America out of the region. American forces can no longer safely operate there. “China is intimidating the nations of Southeast Asia into submission to its will,” he wrote. “It is forcing these countries to do what it wants. Everything is headed in the direction of war.”

    These new technologies make it much harder for America to confront China. America now risks significant losses if it ever needs to step in to defend its allies in Asia.

    The reality is that China’s grand strategy in Asia preys on America’s broken will.

    This is exactly what the iiss report outlines. While Western powers still have some advantages over Chinese forces, they need to exert a strong will to stay ahead of their rival. Along with continuing to develop better weapons, Western nations need to be “resistant to attempts to erode their cohesion and will in peacetime as well as war.”

    The problem is that America’s will is already broken, as Bible prophecy said it would be (Leviticus 26:19). So is its cohesion with its allies. It has been weak in its responses to Chinese aggression in the South China Sea and elsewhere. It is pulling back as the foremost leader in the world, isolating itself from its traditional allies, and, despite its enormous spending on its advanced military, already losing battles of strategy against China.

    China’s military expansion is a harrowing sign of what is about to befall America. To understand more about what the Bible says about China’s military advancement, be sure to read “China Is Steering the World Toward War.”

    https://www.thetrumpet.com/16931-chinas-military-more-than-just-catching-up

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    Post  Hannibal Barca on Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:04 pm

    Nobody was the best on his debut. Let them make a start and then we speak.  Potential, they do have.
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    Post  GarryB on Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:56 am

    Great progress is easier when you are behind and can see the road others have walked ahead of you.

    When you catch up however you will find there are lots of potential paths to take and not all of them lead to where you want to go... if you want to lead you have to pick a path... which can be the hardest skill of them all.

    Leading is always expensive and time consuming and you don't always get it right...

    When someone in the west decides on a technical career path they enter education and get the basics and some advanced training and then they go to the workforce and continue to explore ways forward in technology.

    When someone says the Russians are 20 years behind in a technology... what they normally mean is that they can do the same or similar educational course, but when they go to a job they don't have many jobs in the field and many of the things they are trying to work out have already been worked out somewhere else...

    If you look at the 2000s, you could say the Russians were behind in Thermal Imaging systems... the Russias bought technology from western countries and started working on that... no western country would sell their absolute best so they probably went from 20 years behind to maybe 5 years behind because state of the art stuff is a prototype... the most advanced stuff is never in full production... in fact you could argue that by the time it is in serial production its replacement is probably already working in a lab somewhere...

    China is now buying up technology and learning from it and it will be making advances to solve its problems.

    To be honest I think China getting good is a good thing... it means more areas of technology will move forward and they will go in directions the west or Russian probably have not considered... which leads to diversity...
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    Post  Tsavo Lion on Tue Oct 23, 2018 1:44 am

    China strikes at Russia and India
    Makes sense: securing their Western flank at the same time as their E/SE flank in the China Seas.
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    Post  Tsavo Lion on Mon Nov 19, 2018 12:18 am

    Beijing goes on the offensive  
    China continues to squeeze RF and India out of their traditional zones of influence.
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    Post  Tsavo Lion on Fri Jan 18, 2019 3:25 am

    Despite slowing economy, China aims to be global leader through ‘deep coalitions’
    India & Myanmar, 2 former British colonies, r big liabilities for China, just like Georgia & Azerbaijan r for Russia.
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    Post  Tsavo Lion on Fri May 17, 2019 2:55 am

    Dialogue of civilizations instead of collision - does X continue the work of Lenin? https://regnum.ru/news/polit/2629526.html
    https://regnum.ru/news/polit/2629107.html

    Dialogue of Civilizations for a better Asia and world
    He's right. If the entire human civilization is to survive & strive on this planet, all of its branches must cooperate instead of confront amid dwindling resources & climate change.


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    Post  GarryB on Fri May 17, 2019 4:29 am

    Well if he is right then we are all screwed... the US needs a threat to operate properly... they need an external threat to unify and fortify their focus... perhaps an alien invasion is too much to hope for, but perhaps finding a long orbit comet half the size of the moon on a collision course with earth that will hit in 20 years time might get the politicians to talk... but how long will that last?

    Despite their fine morals the west doesn't give a shit about anything except their own wealth and how to increase it... cooperate with them and they will screw you... sell your population and their own to the aliens to save their own skins...

    It wont be that long before available food becomes vastly more valuable than it is treated now... you can't eat gold...
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    Post  Tsavo Lion on Tue Jun 11, 2019 12:49 am

    Parting the Red Sea: Why the Chinese and U.S. armies are fortifying this tiny African country
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    Post  Tsavo Lion on Wed Jul 31, 2019 7:25 am

    Chinese Navy "blocked" the Taiwan Strait

    They can do it again & again, w/o closing the strait "till further notice" & violating any maritime laws. The USN could've based warships on Taiwan's W. coast for access to it 24/7, but it's too late now.

    China made a new move in rivalry over Southeast Asia: https://regnum.ru/news/polit/2675886.html

    https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/07/article/cambodia-china-ink-secret-naval-port-deal-report/

    The bases will also be handy in monitoring & defending the future Kra Canal across Thailand.


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