What does the Chinese defense effort tell us about Beijing's real ambitions?

In early August, the Chief of US Naval Operations, Admiral Mark Gilday, presented the most ambitious plan to build the US Navy since the end of the Cold War. Called “Navigation Plan 2022“, the document presented a strategy to bring the US Navy to have, in 2045, 12 nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, 66 nuclear attack submarines, 96 destroyers and 56 frigates as well as than 3000 aircraft, including 1300 fighter planes, alongside 12 ballistic missile submarines, 31 large amphibious ships and 150 surface ships and autonomous submarines. The objective of this plan, which has yet to be approved by…

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Taiwan: When and how will China go on the offensive?

For several years, the tensions between Washington and Beijing around the Taiwanese question have continued to grow, to now become a subject constantly flirting with the casus belli, between the incursions of the navy and the American and allied air forces at sea. of South China and in the Taiwan Strait, the interceptions and the naval and air incursions of the People's Liberation Army around the island, and the successive and reciprocal responses as soon as Washington sends a new load of armaments, parliamentarians or members of the government in Taipei. The belligerent dynamic is such that from now on, the armed forces…

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The Chinese Navy will have received 8 new destroyers in 2021 alone

As we know, the Chinese military naval industry has been extremely successful for several years. Thus, from 2017 to 2020, it had enabled the Chinese Navy to accept into active service no less than 21 destroyers, i.e. 3 times more ships of this type than those entered into service with the US Navy, the South Korean Navy, Royal Australian Navy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Forces over the same period. Far from slowing down the pace, it set a new record in 2021 with no less than 8 destroyers delivered to the Naval Forces of the People's Liberation Army, or more exactly, 3 Type cruisers...

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Beijing, Moscow toughen up in Pacific with show of naval force around Japan

In recent months, the United States and its allies have multiplied large-scale naval exercises in the Pacific, sometimes near the China Sea or Taiwan, which on several occasions angered Beijing. Until now, Chinese naval responses have been limited to the deployment of small flotillas, most often consisting of a Type 052D destroyer and a Type 054A anti-submarine warfare frigate, accompanied by a supply ship. Therefore, the massive exercise bringing together 5 Chinese ships, including a Type 055 cruiser, and 5 Russian ships, including two Udaloy-class anti-submarine destroyers, around Japan in recent days,…

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Hobart, Type 52D, Sejong the Great: Modern Destroyers - Part 1

Heirs to the destroyers that appeared at the end of the 19th century to fight against the torpedo boats that threatened large ships of the line such as cruisers and later battleships, the modern destroyer is an imposing surface combat ship, often more of 7000 tons, equipped with a powerful armament, a great versatility, and capable of escorting major units such as aircraft carriers as well as conducting land strikes or interdiction missions.

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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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Military intervention in Taiwan becomes commonplace in Chinese communication

In just a few months, the Chinese international press, largely controlled by the country's central government, has profoundly changed its discourse concerning the tensions around the island of Taiwan, but also in the China Sea vis-à-vis the US Navy, and against the Indian Navy. Whereas at the start of the year, the tone was more one of denunciation of American "provocations" in the region, which could create exaggerated tensions, it now reports, in a precise and almost banal way, a military intervention against the independent island, as the likely outbreak of a conflict between Beijing and Washington or New Delhi. We have already discussed the subject...

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In 3 years, China has produced 3 times more destroyers than the United States and its allies in the Pacific theater

The Chinese military naval industry simultaneously launched the 31th Type 2020 heavy destroyer and the 8th Type 55D destroyer, two of the main surface combat units of the People's Liberation Army Navy, on Sunday August 25, 52. Beyond the simultaneous launch of more than 20.000 tons of destroyers, the production of Chinese combat ships is now reaching a rate that the world has not seen since the Second World War. Indeed, since June 2017, the launch of the first Type 055 destroyer of its class, the Chinese military naval industry has launched no less than 21 destroyers and heavy destroyers, 8 Type…

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The new Chinese destroyer Type 052DL equipped to detect stealth aircraft

China's Type 052D destroyer class alone is a symbol of Beijing's new ambitions for naval supremacy. 157m long for a gauge of 7000 tons in its initial version, the Luyan-IIIs as identified by NATO, indeed implement a panoply of detectors and weapon systems which have nothing to envy to the best western naval surface combat units. Thus, the building carries a Type 346 radar with active AESA antennas for the engagement of aerial targets and the control of anti-aircraft missiles HHQ-9, whose range could reach 400 km and which would have…

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In 2030 the Chinese Navy will surpass the US Navy on the Indo-Pacific theater

Since the beginning of the 2010s, the Chinese Navy has undertaken to develop a powerful and modern high seas fleet, capable, in the long term, of challenging the US Navy's supremacy on the seas of the Indo-Pacific zone. This effort concerns both equipment, with the rise in power of the Chinese military naval industry capable today of producing all the buildings forming an ocean-going fleet at a sustained pace, and crews, with a very methodical and remarkably applied staff training plan for a coordinated growth of resources and know-how. In this article, we will explore the…

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