China’s Giant New Cruiser Matches America’s Naval Firepower
Chinese state television has broadcast the first clear, overhead view of the Chinese navy’s first Type 055 cruiser. The image confirms what foreign analysts have expected since the new cruiser began taking shape in 2014. The Type 055 carries no fewer than 122 missiles in vertical cells — any... Read more
How Do America and China’s Huge New Warships Stack Up?
This story originally appeared on Oct. 15, 2016. On Oct. 15, 2016 in Baltimore on the U.S. East Coast, the U.S. Navy commissioned the guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt into service following a protracted and costly development. Six hundred feet long and displacing 14,500 tons, Zumwalt — the first of three stealthy... Read more
Now in Service — China’s J-20 Stealth Fighter
China’s Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter has officially entered service with the People’s Liberation Army Air Force. “China’s latest J-20 stealth fighter has been officially commissioned into military service, according to Wu Qian, spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense on Thursday,” reads a Sept. 28 press release posted on the Chinese... Read more
Imagine World War III Between America and China
This piece has been adapted and expanded from Alfred McCoy’s new book, In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of U.S. Global Power. For the past 50 years, American leaders have been supremely confident that they could suffer military setbacks in places such as Cuba... Read more
A Chinese Lesbian Warlord Used CIA Funding to Traffic Opium in Myanmar
Sometimes a person rejects the paths in life set out for them by others, defies the pressures of society and becomes exactly the person they want to be — or felt they always have been. And if that person is a warlord princess and drug trafficker with a thousand... Read more
The 1937 Battle of Shanghai Was Asia’s Stalingrad
Open Road Media sponsored this post on March 23, 2016. Today Shanghai is a hub of international trade and culture and one of the world’s great cities. But in 1937, it was a battlefield. Imperial Japanese troops fought the Chinese Nationalist army in the seaside metropolis in one of... Read more
Why China Won’t Stop North Korea
As the conflict between the United States and North Korea escalates, more and more pundits and experts have called on China to intervene. Which makes sense. Beijing is Pyongyang’s biggest trading partner and closest ally. But just because China is North Korea’s best friend doesn’t mean China has control... Read more
China’s Military Has Greatly Benefited From Stolen Technology
As the People’s Republic of China emerged from war and revolution in 1949, it became apparent that the Chinese economy lacked the capacity to compete with the United States or the Soviet Union in the production of advanced military technology. Transfers from the Soviet Union helped remedy the gap... Read more
China Can Blast Almost Every U.S. Warship Docked in Japan With Ballistic Missiles
While U.S. defense strategists have been focused on China’s so-called “carrier-killer” ballistic missile, as well as Beijing’s aircraft carriers, a new report suggests China’s greatest threat to the United States may be something less eye-catching. “The greatest military threat to U.S. vital interests in Asia may be one that... Read more
Joint Russian-Chinese Naval War Games Grow More Sophisticated
Russia and China are in the midst of the operational phase of their first ever European joint naval exercises in the Baltic Sea. The exercise is an indication of the growing strategic partnership between the Kremlin and Beijing. For China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy, the Maritime Cooperation-2017 exercise is an... Read more
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