‘I Was Inverted’
On May 17, 2017, a Chinese Su-30 Flanker rolled over the top of a U.S. Air Force WC-135C Constant Phoenix aircraft that was flying in international air space over the East China Sea. According to CNN, the Flanker was one of two Chinese Su-30s that intercepted the WC-135 nuclear... Read more
Egg Fried Rice and an Air Strike Altered China’s History
War has brought a premature end to countless promising young lives in absurd and horrifying ways. This is the tale of how the death of one man accorded high honor by North Korea may have changed the fate of China. Gen. Yang Di thought there was something strange about... Read more
The Real Reason the World Should Pay Attention to China’s Aircraft Carrier Fleet
China’s first home-built aircraft carrier will soon be completed in the shipyards at Dalian. This vessel, which has yet to receive a name, will spend two years being fit with equipment before she is ready to join her sister carrier the Liaoning in operational service. Both vessels are derived from... Read more
China and Pakistan’s Twin-Seat Budget Fighter Is Impressive
A two-seat version of the JF-17/FC-1 Thunder, a warplane jointly produced by Pakistan and China, took off for its maiden flight on April 27, 2017. The idea behind the project is to develop a relatively inexpensive fighter at around $25 million per copy that can compete with the U.S.-made... Read more
China Spent Decades Trying to Build a Better AK-47
In the mid-1960s, the Chinese military began to seek a replacement for its assortment of Soviet-licensed small arms, including the Type 56 semi-automatic rifle, the Type 56 assault rifle and the Type 56 light machine gun. The result was the Type 63, first issued in 1968, which combined characteristics... Read more
Japan’s Weaker Fleet Crushed China at the Battle of the Yalu River
“TOKYO, July 31, 1894—’For the foreseeable future,’ declares an American defense expert, ‘no rational Japanese naval planner could present a plan to defeat the Chinese navy, even in the Yellow Sea.’ Why say such a thing? Because it stands to reason. Japan has been a modern industrial nation only... Read more
Is China’s New Amphibious Assault Ship a Big Waste of Time?
China is set to complete its first large-deck amphibious assault ship—the Type 075—by 2020. The vessel, which is currently under construction at the Hudong Zhonghua shipyards in Shanghai, is roughly the same size as one of the U.S. Navy’s Wasp-class amphibious assault ships. “Construction of the Type 075 ships... Read more
China’s Got Yak Troops
Chinese army soldiers in Xinjiang, a high, remote territory on the border with Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Mongolia, can’t always count on road access to strategic regions. So they ride yaks, instead, as Xinhua’s recent photos illustrate.   There are a few other true cavalry units in the... Read more
Iraq’s Chinese-Made Killer Drones
Iraq’s defense minister Khaled Al Obaidi visited Ubaydah Bin Al Jarrah Air Base, a former MiG base in the eastern part of the country. A photo of the media event revealed a Chinese-made CH-4 drone — Beijing’s answer to America’s Predator — in the background, wearing Iraqi colors. The... Read more
China’s Army Hauls Ass on High-Speed Rail
Originally published on June 2, 2015. On most days, China’s high-speed rail network is for hauling millions — yes, millions — of commuters, vacationers and tourists around the country. But on May 14, 2015, one section of the growing network served a very different purpose. A People’s Liberation Army brigade from the Lanzhou... Read more

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