Iran has made a laser-guided ballistic missile with increased range, according to its defense minister. “The fixed precision of our long-range missiles has increased to the extent that we can hit every point we wish,” Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said on Sunday, according to Iran’s Tasnim News Agency. He also said that the margin of error now is less than… Read more →
(Reuters) – In late October, flotillas of Chinese warships and submarines sliced through passages in the Japanese archipelago and out into the western Pacific for 15 days of war games. The drills, pitting a “red force” against a “blue force,” were the first in this area, combining ships from China’s main south, east and north fleets, according to the Chinese military…. Read more →
Asia is on the cusp of a full-blown arms race. The escalating clash between China and almost all its neighbours in the Pacific has reached a threshold. All other economic issues at this point are becoming secondary. Beijing’s implicit threat to shoot down any aircraft that fails to adhere to its new air control zone in the East China Sea is a… Read more →
Beijing has warned Washington not to “meddle” in the territorial dispute between China and Japan. Though the US has many thousands of troops stationed in Japan, China, an emerging naval power, is challenging for control of the surrounding seas. After Washington expressed its discontent over Chinese plans to put the East China Sea under the control of its air forces, Beijing demanded… Read more →
China air combat drill: 3-rd generation fighters perform air-to surface attacks
China’s East Sea Fleet recently conducted flight training composed of different courses to test the performance of fighters and capabilities of ground service and pilots’ continuous combat ability.
Divided into two teams, dozens of home-made third-generation fighters took part in the training courses such as aerial fighting and air-to-surface attacks. The two teams combated each other and carried out deep ocean assault flight training.
“The intensive training took over 10 hours. Every pilot and aircraft must be dispatched continuously and it is a tough challenge for the aircraft, ground staff and pilots,” said Xiao Wensheng, political commissioner from a flight regiment from the East Sea fleet.
The first nuclear submarine fleet from PLA North China Sea Fleet carried out a military drill as shown by footage released lately. The drill was aimed at testing the maneuver capability of the fleet in deep-sea navigation, long-distance operation, submarine communication and coordination with other battleships. Other than nuclear-powered submarines, a wide range of destroyers, frigates, depot ships and military helicopters were also engaged in the drill, according to military officers in the drill.
China’s Dagong credit rating agency on October 17th downgraded its United States sovereign credit rating to A- and maintained its negative outlook on America’s solvency. Dagong warned that despite Washington’s last-minute resolution of the debt ceiling deadlock, “The fundamental situation that the debt growth rate significantly outpaces that of fiscal income and gross domestic product remains unchanged.” China’s official state-run news agency,… Read more →
Despite a temporary budget compromise in Washington, China’s Dagong agency has downgraded the United States. Dangong maintains a negative outlook on the sovereign credit, as revenue and GDP fail to keep up with the country’s massive debts. The Beijing-based Dagong agency, one of the few notable non-US based credit rating agencies, has downgraded America to an ‘A -‘rating from ‘A’. The move… Read more →
US default fears prompts China’s state-run media call for the world to “de-Americanise” as Christine Lagarde warns of “massive disruption the world over” … Ms Lagarde repeated her warning about the impact of failing to raise the debt ceiling following the fund’s annual meeting of finance ministers in Washington. “If there is that degree of disruption, that lack of certainty, that… Read more →
A senior Chinese official has warned that the “clock is ticking” to avoid a US default that could hurt China’s interests and the global economy. China, the US’s largest creditor, is “naturally concerned about developments in the US fiscal cliff”, vice finance minister Zhu Guangyao said. Washington must agree a deal to raise its borrowing limit by 17 October, or… Read more →