Chinese Army simulates massive amphibious assault on Hainan Island, Taiwan replica

The Chinese island of Hainan, with its 34.000 km2 and its 1.500 km of coastline, is in itself a province of the country which is home to 8 million inhabitants and has numerous defense infrastructures, in particular the nuclear submarine base of Longpo next to the city of Yulin, is in many aspects, a life-size replica of the island of Taiwan, with its 36.000 km2 and its 1550 km of coastline. Obviously, the thing did not escape the strategists of the People's Liberation Army, who organized, this weekend, a huge naval and amphibious exercise, taking place precisely on...

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Cruiser Type 055, LHD Type 075: the frantic expansion of the Chinese fleet continues

Since the blackout imposed by the Chinese authorities on the dissemination of information relating to the People's Liberation Army, and the Chinese defense industry, the collection of information on the expansion of the Chinese fleet has become well more difficult in the civil domain. In the naval field, the information collected is essentially based on photos taken by Chinese enthusiasts during civilian flights near the country's major shipyards, on the few satellite photos that reach the public domain, and on the rare official announcements published by the Chinese press itself. This is how we learned today from an article on the site…

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Chinese Navy admits 3 major ships to service in one day

There are symbols which, on their own, describe with precision the evolutions in progress in the World. This was the case in July 2020 when Russia almost simultaneously launched the construction of 2 project 23900 assault helicopter carriers, 2 project 22350 Admiral Gorshkov frigates, and 2 project 885-M Iassen nuclear submarines. The same was true on April 23, 2021, when the People's Liberation Army Navy admitted to active service on the occasion of the 72nd anniversary of its creation, an assault helicopter carrier, a heavy destroyer and a submarine. marine nuclear missile launcher on the same day, i.e. 3 of the ships of…

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China wants a new law to regulate the use of its armed force in the world

For nearly 60 years, the Chinese authorities had vilified Western international interventionism, and in particular American interventionism, swearing on its great gods that the country would never follow the American example of creating military bases all over the world. But, in 2015, Beijing announced the creation of a large military base in the small state of Djibouti, which already houses an American base and a French base, and that the PLA would deploy up to 10.000 men there permanently, creating a first sprain, and size, in the Chinese convictions so long proclaimed. It seems that today, the country is ready to take a new step, with the new project…

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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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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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Is China starting construction of a new assault aircraft carrier?

While the first Chinese assault helicopter carrier, or LHD for Landing Helicopters Dock, Type 075 has just made its maiden voyage on July 16, the publication of a call for tenders by the Chinese Navy has stirred the sinophile defense sphere. Indeed, the APL (People's Liberation Army) would have started the preparatory work for the construction of a new class of assault aircraft carrier, or LHA for Landing Helicopter Assault, identified as the Type 076. And this ship risks strong enough to upset the balance of power already wavering in the Indo-Pacific zone. Let us recall in the preamble that, for the time being, the projection capabilities of Chinese forces are relatively limited,…

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China launches second Type 075 assault helicopter carrier

The event was anticipated to say the least, especially since Thursday, April 23 will mark the 71st anniversary of the creation of the People's Liberation Army. This Wednesday, April 22, the second Type 075 assault helicopter carrier was launched at the Hudong Zhonghua shipyards, near Shanghai. This is the second launch of a ship of this type in just 7 months, its sister ship and first unit of the class having been launched on September 24, 2019 in these same shipyards. If this launch was expected, it was nonetheless staged by the Chinese authorities, who heavily insisted on respecting the schedule...

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China's first Type 075 assault helicopter carrier caught in fire

China's first 40.000-ton helicopter carrier assault ship identified as Type 075 suffered a fire in the aft part of the aviation hangar, according to observations, while it was docked at CSSC Hudong shipyards. -Zhonghua from Shanghai where the ship, launched just 6 months ago, was receiving its equipment in view of its delivery to the naval forces of the People's Liberation Army to begin its sea trials by the end of the year 2020. The scars of this fire, which has not yet given rise to any official press release either from the shipyards or…

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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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