China increases naval and air exercises around Taiwan

It has now been several years since the Democratic Progressive Party returned to power in 2016 with the election of Tsai Ing-wen, a staunch opponent of unification with the People's Republic of China, as President of the Republic of Taiwan. that tensions cease to grow between Taipei and Beijing. Tensions that have been greatly exacerbated by the Trump presidency, the latter's economic coup policy against China, and the very significant increase in arms sales to Taipei in recent years. But until now, the demonstrations of force of the People's Liberation Army had remained measured, and always...

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Chinese Shenyang announces the development of a new generation hunter… again!

It is through a publication on its WeChat page that the Chinese aeronautical giant Shenyang, which belongs to the AVIC consortium and which has developed, among other things, the J-11, J-15 and J-16 fighters equipping the Chinese air and naval air forces , announced that it has started research to develop a new generation fighter, presented as 5th generation in China and known as 6th generation in the West, whose entry into service is estimated in 2035. For purposes of understanding, we will use in the rest of the article the classification of Western generations. Concomitantly, the company also announced that it had started the development of a 5th generation fighter at…

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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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China steps up demonstrations of force against the United States

To say that tensions between Beijing and Washington over the China Sea and Taiwan are growing would be a real understatement, as the two protagonists are stepping up actions intended to show their respective intransigence, as well as their determination to go, if necessary, to to armed conflict. And the visit of the American Secretary of Health, Alex Azar, to Taipei, strongly participated in increasing this dangerous spiral, provoking a very vehement reaction from Beijing. Announced at the end of last week without official confirmation, the “surprise” visit of the American Secretary of Health, Alex Azar, to the island of Taiwan, is indeed a…

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China responds to American "provocations" in the China Sea

While the US Navy continues to conduct exercises in and around the South China Sea, the People's Liberation Army is responding by conducting naval gunnery exercises in the same area, as well as deploying combat aircraft on the artificial bases built on the islets and reefs of the Paracelles. If, for the time being, the two armed forces avoid each other and manage to avoid escalation, the confrontation between Beijing and Washington continues to intensify in this area, which has become one of the planet's geostrategic hotspots. In response to the exercises conducted in the China Sea by the carrier battle groups of the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and…

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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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Chinese defense industry shut down following coronavirus outbreak

Beyond the health aspects, epidemics are historically recognized for their undeniable economic impact. If the contaminations themselves put workers out of action until they are cured (in the best of cases), the more or less generalized quarantine systems contribute even more companies to slow down or temporarily stop their activity. Today, in China, the defense sector is of course not spared by this phenomenon caused by the recent coronavirus epidemic, the evolution of which still seems uncertain to say the least. The French press did not fail to report the shutdown of the –civilian– Airbus assembly line in Tianjin, near Beijing. He…

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Modern Chinese fighter planes

At the end of the 80s and the beginning of the 90s, the Chinese air forces were equipped for the most part with locally-made aircraft with performances much lower than those of Western aircraft such as the F15, F16, F18 or Mirage 2000, or Soviets like the Mig 29 or the Su27. Chinese industry could then only produce devices that were at least one generation behind with regard to the technological standard of the moment. In the space of a generation, Chinese-made aircraft displaying performance comparable to the most modern aircraft in service in the American or European air forces have come into use.

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