China flexed its growing military might after it
began its first aircraft carrier open sea trials, with the retrofitted Varyag.
This is a historic milestone for the country of
China, but it is from being an international secret. China confirmed the
aircraft carrier's development in the spring, but the retrofitted and upgraded
former Soviet ship's development was long expected by foreign observers.
China previously discussed interest in creating a
fleet of aircraft carriers to update its navy, with military experts becoming
increasingly concerned by this effort. However, both Chinese military
experts and foreign analysts believe it will be quite some time before the
country has a full aircraft fleet able to carry out flight operations.
Ironically, the Varyag was previously purchased
from Ukraine so it could be turned into a casino -- but after years of
modifications that included new engines, radar equipment, and other military
technologies, China believes it has the first step to a revamped national navy.
Chinese news reports were unable to confirm how
long sea trials of the new ship would last. However, scientific research
along with at-sea training is expected to take place, though state-run Chinese
media didn't say much else.
The U.S. has been left confused about the
realistic need of such an aircraft carrier, with the following statement issued
by the U.S. State Department, "We
any kind of explanation that China would like to give for needing this kind of
equipment. We have had concerns for some time and we've been quite open
with them with regard to the lack of transparency from China regarding its
power projection and its lack of access and denial of capabilities."
Along with showing the U.S. that its military is
developing, this taunts Taiwan and Japan -- two close Asian rivals -- as
officials from Taiwan said the recent aircraft carrier launch was symbolic, but
didn't mention other details related to the closely-watched event.
In addition, Taiwan also showed off the country's
latest generation of anti-ship cruise missiles with a bold promotional
poster. In the new image, the Hsiung Feng III missile impacts an unidentifiable
aircraft that is similar to the Chinese carrier. It seems like a
promotional image that the Chinese ship itself will not see as much of a
China will likely try to use its new naval
technologies to better keep a watchful eye on the South China Sea, with growing
concern from Japanese defense officials that China could look
to carry out more activities near Japanese waters.
quote: "We would welcome any kind of explanation that China would like to give for needing this kind of equipment."
quote: They do have one thing they want though. Taiwan.
quote: China is their biggest foreign creditor in the sense that they've bought the most US bonds, around the 1T mark. Private American individuals dwarf that number by holding 10 times that amount in US bonds.
quote: Well because China doesn't get into wars like we do, they also don't tend to ever face any foreign threat.
quote: The US economy is based on "paper". In the sense that it doesn't have the physical resources and production means to support its consumption. These are outsourced or taken from other countries. To make that happen, the US need to impose by military force.
quote: no one needs to explain anything to the US. The US military budget is equivalent or bigger than all other countries combined.
quote: The US military budget is equivalent or bigger than all other countries combined.
quote: The hell? What business do we have telling China what they can and can't do with its money/military?
quote: We would welcome any kind of explanation that China would like to give for needing this kind of equipment.
quote: But the overall size and budget of China's military is tiny compared to that of the US and its allies,
quote: Ironically, the Varyag was previously purchased from Ukraine so it could be turned into a casino
quote: While right now Chinese aircraft may be nothing to write home about, what will they have in 10 or 20 years to put on the carrier?
quote: In many ways these technologies will make a whole lot of current strategic, tactical and defensive weaponry obsolete.