Chinese H-6J bombers train to drop naval mines

If the Chinese Navy is now solid in terms of surface fleet, with in the next few months a fleet composed of 5 Type 055 cruisers and 25 Type 052D destroyers in line, plus a hundred frigates and corvettes, it remains under threat American but also Japanese, South Korean or even Australian submarines (in the distant, very distant future…), as shown by the accident of the USS Connecticut in the China Sea two months ago. Although medium-term measures have been taken, such as the gradual arrival of new Type 039C submarines or the possible replacement of the first 20…

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Chinese Air Force shows extended capabilities around Taiwan

Chinese air force incursions into the Taiwan Air Identification Zone have been a daily occurrence for several months. But since the show of force on April 10 with 52 aircraft in flight simultaneously, these missions have until now been limited in volume and ambition. The November 28 mission was notable in more ways than one. Indeed, not only did it involve 27 aircraft simultaneously, the largest number of aircraft since last April, but for the first time, one of the Chinese air force's new Y-20U tankers accompanied the five H-bombers 6 and its escort of four J-10C fighters and…

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52 Chinese fighter jets entered the Taiwanese air traffic control zone

The Chinese air force carried out, between October 1 and 2 on the occasion of the country's national holiday, an unprecedented show of force near the island of Taiwan, causing several take-offs of Taiwanese fighter planes, and vigorous protest from the Taipei authorities. On October 1, a first formation of 18 J-16 fighter bombers accompanied by 4 Su-30 fighter bombers, as well as two H-6 bombers and a Y-8 Maritime patrol aircraft carried out a first exercise south of the Taiwanese air control zone. A few hours later, on the night of the 1st…

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Chinese Navy has held 120 exercises over the past 3 months

“Sweat saves blood” used to say the architect and military strategist of Louis XIV, Vauban. And sweat, the Chinese military has obviously not lacked in recent months. Indeed, according to the CCP-affiliated site globaltimes.cn, the Chinese navy in cooperation with other arms of the People's Liberation Army, has organized nearly 120 naval, naval air and amphibious exercises in the past 3 months alone, including 50 of them took place near the island of Taiwan. Beyond the already extraordinarily high number of exercises that took place, the (partial) information provided by the Taiwanese authorities on many of them...

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China to build 119 new silos for nuclear intercontinental missiles

In a speech that aims to be the foundation of the future of China and the Chinese Communist Party given on the occasion of the celebrations of the centenary of the CPC, President Xi Jinping hammered home the determination of his country to ensure the protection of its territorial integrity and its interests, calling for the acceleration of the strengthening and modernization of the People's Liberation Army, in the face of an adversary who, without ever being directly named, is nevertheless designated as the origin of all the evils that have struck China since 1840 to the Opium Wars, namely the West. It is in this quasi-martial context that two specialists…

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China also has an airborne hypersonic missile

When Vladimir Putin confirmed, in March 2018 on the sidelines of the Russian presidential elections, the existence of the Kh47M2 Kinzhal hypersonic missile, Westerners were amazed at Moscow's technological advance in an area likely to give Russian forces a tactical advantage. more than significant in the face of NATO. Since then, the United States, like its European, Japanese or South Korean allies, have launched a large number of programs aimed at designing, as quickly as possible, hypersonic weapons, whether implemented by terrestrial vectors, naval or air. It must be said that hypersonic missiles are not lacking in interest from an operational point of view. No…

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Taiwan, India: This time, China is no longer playing

Tensions between Beijing and its neighbors have been growing for several months. But this weekend, the semantics of the Chinese Communist Party has significantly evolved towards a direct threat to its Taiwanese and Indian neighbors, with the United States in sight. No longer a question of keeping up appearances now, President Xi Jinping has called on the People's Liberation Army to be ready to carry out war actions. The trigger for this vehemence seems to have been the visit to Taipei by US Under-Secretary of State Keith Krach on Thursday, September 17, the first visit by an official of this rank to the independence island since…

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Beijing launches large-scale exercise around Taiwan to respond to Washington

For several months, we have been witnessing the rise of tensions between Beijing and Washington over Taiwan. Until now, it was mainly about provocations and ripostes, with a good dose of postures more than military actions. But US Under Secretary of State Keith Krach's visit to Taipei on Friday seems to have triggered a different kind of response from China. In addition to the organization of multiple exercises including live fire all around the independent island by the naval and air forces of the People's Liberation Army, Beijing is now directly threatening military intervention against the island if Washington were to…

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Invasion exercises, bomber deployment: China steps up pressure on Taiwan and the United States

Little more than a day or two now passes between announcements of new provocations or new coercive measures between the United States and China. No sooner had the American Secretary of Health, Alex Azar, left Taipei after his visit than the Chinese authorities launched a series of exercises and maneuvers to once again increase the pressure on Taiwan and the American ally. The American-Taiwanese response did not take long either. The day after the visit of the American official to assure the Taiwan authorities of Washington's support, Beijing launched an exercise…

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Chinese state press mentions "possible struggle" around Taiwan island

China's state-run website GlobalTimes.cn today published an article reporting a large number of People's Liberation Army air force exercises around the island of Taiwan. The argument advanced in the article, citing “experts” consulted on the subject, is based on the anticipation of a fight over the island. Indeed, since the end of January, and despite the crisis linked to the Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic, the Chinese air force has carried out no less than 4 aerial exercises around the independent island since 1947. The exercises involve bombers long-range H-6 aircraft, KJ-500 early warning aircraft, and interceptors…

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