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Chinese J-20 Stealth Fighter
Apparently Liang forgets the new stealth fighter China is showing off

The tensions in Asia over the growing might of the Chinese military are easy to see and understand. China is using its booming economy to fund the development of new weapons programs. China wants the world to believe that it is merely being sure it can defend the sovereignty of its nation while others fear that China will use the military might to take resources and possibly attack other nations in the area.

With tension growing, Chinese Defense Minister General Liang Guanglie said at the 10th Shangri-La Dialog in Singapore that the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) is 20-years behind the U.S. Military. Guanglie said, "I would call the gap big. [The PLA] main battle equipment of our services ... is mainly second-generation weapons." He continued saying, "For example, the army is still being motorized, not mechanized."

Liang acknowledged that the modernization of the Chinese military has drawn attention and concern from around the world. Liang says that China has a right to protect is "core interests" such as protecting its sovereignty. Liang also explained at the conference that relations between the Chinese and U.S. military were improving. This year's Shangri-La dialog was in face the strongest turn out for the Chinese after years of ignoring the conference.

In addition to Liang there were a number of other Chinese officials at the conference including Rear Adm. Guan Youfei, deputy chief, Foreign Affairs Office, Ministry of National Defense; Senior Col. Ou Yangwei, director, Center for Defense Mobilization Studies, National Defense University; Major Gen. Song Dan, deputy director general, General Office, Central Military Commission; Lt. Gen. Wei Fenghe, deputy chief of general staff, PLA; and Xiao Jianguo, director, Department of Ocean Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

As much as Liang wants the world to believe China has a massive gap between its military and the U.S. military (and other armed forces of the world), the country is investing heavily in next-generation weapons. A the most high profile new weapons program is the Chinese J-20 stealth fighter. The J-20 completed its second flight in April and has been captured on video as it has been tested. Some speculate that China obtained the stealth technology that is used in the J-20 from a U.S. F-117 stealth fighter that was downed in 1999 in Serbia. China is known to have had agents crisscross the area where the fighter crashed buying up the wreckage from local farmers.

The Chinese military is also believed by many around the world to be carrying out very sophisticated and successful hacks against military and corporate networks. Many digital attacks have been traced back to parts of China where the government is known to have a strong military presence. The Gmail hack that was revealed earlier this month is believed to have been perpetrated by China, though Chinese officials have denied any involvement. China is also allegedly the source of the hacking attacks that compromised networks at Lockheed Martin using stolen RSA SecurID dongles. Those hacks are believed to have targeted Lockheed Martin military projects. 

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No it is 70 years behind from NAVY point of view
By Roy2001 on 6/8/2011 2:49:14 PM , Rating: 2
No it is 70 years behind from NAVY point of view. They don't have an aircraft carrier yet.

By AssBall on 6/8/2011 5:12:39 PM , Rating: 2
You are right, but in 10 years the carrier is no longer going to be the end all. Submarines launching automated weapons and or drones and multipurpose ships are becoming more important, and more efficient.

I love the old monster battleships, but they were phased out, and my guess is that big carriers will also be in my lifetime. Everything is getting more dynamic, efficient, and multipurpose now.

By Reclaimer77 on 6/8/2011 6:00:22 PM , Rating: 4
You are right, but in 10 years the carrier is no longer going to be the end all.

I respectfully disagree. Submarines can't hold hundreds of troops or support personnel. They can't conduct sustained self defended surface operations. I mean, the things carriers can do simply can't be "phased out" or replaced by drones or submarines. Multipurpose? There is hardly anything floating that's more multipurpose than a carrier.

I'm getting so sick of reading on here that drones will just magically replace our fighting force in 10 years or whatever. That's such a crack pot and unrealistic statement.

By AssBall on 6/8/2011 9:30:35 PM , Rating: 2
The new amphibious vehicles and new cruisers carry an assload of troops and support a small amount of more effective troop landing hardware much more efficiently.

Granted, we don't need that much force anymore, but we haven't fully unloaded a carrier since world war 2. Drones will not replace troops on the battlefield, i definitely agrethat e there, but there are many better options nowadays for incursion than a full carrier group.

Don't get me wrong they are awesome and they kick ass at supporting a long term campaign. They are also arguably the most intimidating thing that mankind has yet constructed. But I don't think they are gonna hold up with newer conflict stratagem and technology for very much longer.

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