China's Defense/Military Breaking News Thread

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    I think it is that he does tend towards figure of SIPRI, since he considers the Rand figure 'a bit blown'. I too am thinking that. The figure of between 1.4 to 1.7 times the official one makes good sense considering the budgetary changes for research funds and arms purchase, though the Rand figure may be acceptable as upper limit.
     
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    http://www.defencetalk.com/news/publish/article_005180.php

    China’s President Says Military Entering an ‘Important Period’

    "Chinese President Hu Jintao has told a group of senior officers the next five years will be “an important period” for the nation’s military modernization, state media reported Sunday.

    ”The 11th five-year plan (from 2006 to 2010) is a crucial period for the establishment of a comparatively prosperous society,” Hu said Saturday, according to the People’s Daily, the Communist party’s mouthpiece.
    ”It is also an important period for defense and army modernization,” he told the officers, assembled in Beijing as delegates to the ongoing National People’s Congress, or parliament.

    Meeting the officers in his capacity as chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission, Hu was wearing a simple green military jacket for the occasion.

    His remarks came just days after China announced its military budget for this year would rise 14.7 percent to 35 billion dollars, the latest in a series of double-digit annual increases dating back to the early 1990s.

    A Pentagon report last year estimated that China’s defense spending was two to three times the publicly announced figure and that the military balance with arch rival Taiwan was tipping in Beijing’s favor.
    ”We must persist in fulfilling the sacred task of defending national sovereignty, unity, territorial integrity and security,” Hu said, according to the People’s Daily.

    This appeared to be a veiled reference to what is arguably the Chinese military’s main responsibility, deterring Taiwan from formally breaking away and forcing it back into the fold if it does declare independence.

    China and Taiwan have been separated since the end of a civil war in 1949, but Beijing considers the island part of its territory awaiting reunification, by force if necessary.

    Hu said efforts should be stepped up to equip the army with modern information technology and to improve its combat efficiency through high-tech means.

    ”We should strive to improve the capability of the armed forces to deal with crises, maintain peace, contain wars and win victory in possible wars,” he said.

    Inspired by swift U.S. victories in post-Cold War conflicts, China has been striving to transform its military from an organization that relied on strength in numbers to a leaner, more sophisticated fighting force.

    It announced in January it had demobilized 200,000 members of its military over the previous three years, but even after those personnel cuts, it remained the world’s largest with 2.3 million troops.

    Hu is believed to be faced with the challenge of creating a loyal following among the nation’s top brass, just like his predecessor Jiang Zemin, who also had no military experience.

    Jiang solved the problem by increasing military spending and appointing proteges to high positions in the military. "





    I wonder what this is supposed to mean...
    any idea's? It doesnt get too specific when it mentions china's military is going through a "Crucial period"
     
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    Part of the whole article, need full subscription to see it :mad:
     
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    China pursues self-defense policy: Premier Wen

    Special Report: NPC & CPPCC Sessions 2006 >> Chinese Premier Wen meets press

    BEIJING, March 14 (Xinhuanet) --

    China pursues a national defense policy of self-defense, and its limited increase of military expenditure is mainly used to improve the living conditions of officers and soldiers and improve self-defense capability, said Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao here Tuesday.

    The country's defense policy is transparent, said Wen, adding that China has never dispatched even one soldier abroad except its peacekeepers, and has not occupied one inch of foreign land.

    Wen made the remarks while meeting with the press following the conclusion of the annual full session of the Chinese legislature, the Tenth National People's Congress.

    The Chinese premier said China sticks to a road of peaceful development, which primarily results from China's traditional culture, development needs and national interests, emphasizing that China is already "a responsible country" of the international community. 

    Wen added that through reform and development, China has successfully solved the problem of feeding 1.3 billion people and lifting 200 million out of poverty.

    After years of efforts, China has found a more scientific development road, which stresses the resources conservation and environmental protection, he said.

    China firmly carries out an independent foreign policy of peace, and is willing to develop good-neighborly relationships with surrounding countries, he said.

    China has taken part in over 100 international organizations and signed nearly 300 international treaties, and is ready to work shoulder by shoulder with the international community for the establishment of a new international political and economic order. 

    The premier said China is a country that firmly safeguard world peace, and resolutely oppose terrorism and nuclear proliferation.

    After China's entry in the World Trade Organization, the country has faithfully fulfilled its commitments, the premier said.

    Despite the fact that China is still a developing country, it has played an active role in implementing the millennium goal of the United Nations, said the premier, adding that China has reduced 20 billion RMB yuan of debts for 44 underdeveloped nations, and in the forthcoming three years, China is scheduled to provide 10 billion U.S. dollars of favorable loans for world's underdeveloped countries. Enditem
     
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    http://english.donga.com/srv/service.php3?bicode=060000&biid=2006032829898
    This news looks a little suspective. I'm not sure how much validity in this and I'm not too sure what system it's talking about. I'm guessing HQ-9 or HQ-15 or HQ-18? It's hard to say.
     
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    Re: Chinese Military News Thread

    a little more news here.
    BEIJING, Sept1, 2006 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- A senior Chinese military leader on
    Friday pledged to further expand China-Peru military exchanges and cooperation.

    Liang Guanglie, member of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks when
    meeting with Felipe Conde, commanding general of the Air Force of Peruvian Armed
    Forces.

    "The two armed forces have kept frequent high-level exchange visits and friendly
    cooperation in recent years," Liang told Conde, who arrived in Beijing on
    Thursday.

    China will make joint efforts with Peru to strengthen exchanges between the two
    air forces, and gradually expand to various fields and levels, said Liang, who
    is also Chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army(PLA).

    Liang also spoke highly of the bilateral relations, saying the two countries
    have shared a deepening political trust since the establishment of diplomatic
    ties 35 years ago. The two sides have made substantial progress in many fields.

    Liang expressed his appreciation for Peru's adherence to the one-China policy.
    Conde said the Peruvian armed forces are willing to continue to enhance
    cooperation with the Chinese army and he hoped to see closer exchanges between
    the two sides in the future.

    PLA Air Force Commander Qiao Qingchen attended the meeting.

    At the invitation of Qiao, Conde is paying a nine-day official goodwill visit to
    China from Thursday. Besides Beijing, he will also visit Xi'an, Guangzhou and
    Shanghai.
     
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    China increasing activity in Taiwan waters

    http://www.chinapost.com.tw/detail.asp?ID=89159&GRP=A

     
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    Surprised not more has been talked abt this.

    http://www.defencetalk.com/news/pub...tercontinental_ballistic_missile_20060906.php

    From DefenceTalk.com

    Missiles
    China launches one more intercontinental ballistic missile
    By Itar-Tass

    URL of this article:
    http://www.defencetalk.com/news/publish/index.php
    Wed, September 6th, 2006, 01:18

    MOSCOW: China has carried out a regular test launch of a Dongfeng-31 intercontinental ballistic missile. Itar-Tass was told at the Russian Defence Ministry on Tuesday that "the Chinese side had notified the Russian Defence Ministry in advance about the upcoming launching of the intercontinental missile".

    "The Dongfeng-31 missile was fired from the Wuzhai launch site towards the Taklimakan desert at about midnight on Monday", a Russian ministry official said. The head section of the missile, he added, flew approximately 2.5 thousand kilometres. The Russian space control
    facilities had tracked the missile's start and flight.

    The new Chinese intercontinental ballistic missiles will be put into service already this year. Improved longer-range Dongfeng-31A missiles areexpected to be commissioned in 2007. These two types of intercontinental silo-based ballistic missiles are compact systems, which can be moved by means of tractors along general-purpose roads.


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