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This week will be a big one for China watchers as the People’s Liberation Army holds a massive parade on Thursday in Beijing to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Japanese surrender during World War II. The parade comes the same week Taiwan released its a report warning that China will declare an Air Defense […]

  Lawmakers have added $60 million toward submarine upgrades to include unmanned aerial vehicles, torpedo enhancements and combat systems modernization. The funding initiative, which moved the $60 million from Navy destroyer modernization over to submarine research and development, was put in place during the 2016 defense bill mark up by Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., chairman […]

China, the world’s second-largest defense spender behind the U.S., launched a website designed to modernize and provide more information about its weapons acquisitions. According to an article by the state-run news agency Xinhua: “Under the General Armament Department of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), weain​.mil​.cn provides information on the country’s weapon and armament needs, relevant policies, procurement notices, enterprise […]

The Chinese Air Force launched the Y-20 for the first time on Saturday (as reported by AFP), an event the Chinese government press heralded as “a significant milestone” that would “enhance … global power projection.” The Y-20 looks a lot like the Boeing-built C-17 used by the U.S. Air Force, but critics say it falls […]

An AP story at Military​.com reports that the Chinese Navy has successfully landed one of their J-15 (the carrierized version of the Su-33) aboard the Liaoning aircraft carrier. We here at DT figure there are two ways of looking at this development:  You can say that this proves the threat in the Pacific Rim is […]