China's Rapid Military Modernization Is "Remarkable," Set To Challenge West On Several Fronts

China's rapid military modernization is "remarkable," and is no longer merely "catching up" with the West, reports the International Institute for Strategic Studies in their annual report on global military capabilities. 

China’s emerging weapons developments and broader defence-technological progress mean that it has become a global defence innovator” says Dr. John Chipman, Director-General and Chief Executive of the London-based think tank. 

Of note, Chipman points out that China's Chengdu J-20 low-observable combat aircraft is set to challenge America's "monopoly on operational stealthy combat aircraft." As we reported yesterday, the J-20 is rumored to have already been deployed to the South China Sea along with several of China's Su-35s, to take part in a joint combat patrol over the region, according to the Chinese Ministry of Defense whose release did not mention the J-20.


A spokesman for the People's Liberation Army (PLO), Shen Jinke, said that the J-20 would "help the air force better shoulder the sacred mission of safeguarding national sovereignty, security and territorial integrity," adding that the air force was in the middle of a modernization program in order to fight enemies on all fronts.


The IISS report also notes that China's expanding array of advanced guided-weapons projects, such as the PL-15 extended range air-to-air missile which could enter service this year. "This weapon appears to be equipped with an active electronically scanned array radar, indicating that China has joined the few nations able to integrate this capability on an air-to-air missile," reports Chipman.


Also of concern is China's ambitions at sea, as Beijing continues its ever-expanding fleet. 

Since 2000, China has built more submarines, destroyers, frigates and corvettes than Japan, South Korea and India combined. To put this further into perspective, the total tonnage of new warships and auxiliaries launched by China in the last four years alone is significantly greater than the total tonnage of the French navy. -IISS

Moreover, China's navy is deploying further from home, including Europe, while their base in the Eastern African country of Djibouti will enable more naval deployments. 

China's military computing technology is also rapidly growing, as vast resources have been sunk into "extremely high-performance computing and quantum communications," which, along with their weapons advancements and overall defense capabilities mean the country is no longer merely "catching up" with Western progress. 

All of these developments have meant a rising defense budget, which has been pegged to GDP growth at 6-7% since 2016:


While China's rapid military advances are significant, all is not lost for the West, which will need to remain agile and adaptable:

Western governments still have it in their power to maintain an edge. Their military forces will need to be agile and adaptable, better at working with partners inside and outside government, and able to make flexible use of technological developments. Some governments in the West will look to ‘leap-ahead’ technologies to augment and deliver military power.

Chipman concludes that Western states need to plan for responses to persistent competition, and stresses the importance of "anticipating and detecting ambiguous as well as proximate threats."  This means more than just better defense and better weapons; societies need to be made more psychologically resilient, "and resistant to attempts to erode their cohesion and will in peacetime as well as war."

Translation; Despite our current military superiority, the West needs to solve the man-child epidemic, solidify alliances, and prepare to show the enemy our war faces at a moment's notice - lest we lose what our ancestors so bravely fought for. 



Rick Cerone Thu, 02/15/2018 - 21:46 Permalink

That's the plan for global war.

The elites run underground, and the rest of us die.

Isreahell sells China the best.

All Christian Zionists are retards.

China hasn't dug enough tunnels yet.

Quotas exist by country for the new golden age.

MozartIII Joe Trader Thu, 02/15/2018 - 22:13 Permalink

Bill, also known as Slick Willy gave them the technology a few years ago. Obama based on his friends historical ties with Iran, probably gave them more. Nothing remarkable about treason involving military secretes. Our leaders that do it are never held accountable, so its ok for the FBI ,CIA, DOJ and all of our government officials to commit treason and break every law in the books.

Russia is saving money, they don't even have to pay the Buffoons that run our country to betray us. They just do it, and think nothing of it.

I would expect them to advance their militaries rapidly.

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ssnova Joe Trader Thu, 02/15/2018 - 22:15 Permalink

Incorrect, according to documentation it is not sourced from the Russians but it is locally designed and built in China by a Chinese company(I wouldn't doubt that we "gave" 'em a leg up on the development though, in some form or another).  These are myths that we've held on to since the 1970's, that the Chinese are incapable of building anything, times have changed, the Chinese have learned quickly over the years, they have a lot of top notch Engineers over there.  Do you know how many foreign Engineers we employ to research and develop here  from over there with our mighty reserve currency?  In our history we have brought in many foreign talent due to our limitless capital (one of the many aspects that made us great), bringing Nikola Telsa, Sergey Brin (founder of Google's algorithm)... our rocket program stemmed after WW2 when we brought over the German Engineers and employed them.. then NASA was born.  Our reserve currency is used to bring top talent from around the globe to make some of the most historic projects come to fruition, partially due to our reserve currency status...

But any how, as quoted below for reference regarding the Chinese jet engine used for the J-20's:

"The production version of the J-20 is believed to be powered by the WS-15"

"The WS-15,  codename Emei, is a Chinese afterburning turbofan engine designed by the Shenyang Aeroengine Research Institute and manufactured by the Xi'an Aero-Engine Corporation, used to power China's Chengdu J-20 fighter,[1] which would be able to achieve supercruise."


Any how... just calling it out.  Apparently China is not still relying on Russian sourced engines.

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MK ULTRA Alpha ssnova Fri, 02/16/2018 - 00:48 Permalink

The 8 prototypes used the Russian engine, the production run of 20 J-20 will most likely use the more powerful Chinese engine. The WS-15 is a clone of western engine technology, most likely Rolls Royce.

The J-20 has a two role capability, it's a high speed, high altitude interceptor with long range air to air missiles or a role as a medium strike bomber launching long range air to surface supersonic cruise missiles.

The J-20 isn't a stealth fighter in league with the F-22. The F-22 purpose is a stealth fighter. F-35 is a fighter bomber with limited stealth and very poor fighter characteristics.

The Chinese will eventually have a total of 20 operational J-20, 8 prototypes, and 24 Su-35. The Chinese would need 200 J-20 and Su-35 to challenge the present force structure in Asia.

The US operates over 180 F-22. Over the next five years, the new hypersonic bomber and an F-22 generational upgrade stealth fighter will be deployed.

Chinese naval improvements are impressive in quality and quantity, it's causing panic in Japan, India, Australia, Taiwan and the nations bordering the South China Sea. The only solution is full time deployment of F-22 to Australia with tankers. Because the US navy carriers don't have an aircraft which can challenge China's new air superiority over the South China Sea.

If the Chinese continue to rapidly procure submarines, destroyers, cruisers, carriers, Su-35 and J-20, and continue with the aggressive territorial expansion in the South China Sea, East India, Taiwan and Japan's remote islands,  there will be war. It'll be China against a host of Pacific Asian theater allies.


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popeye MK ULTRA Alpha Fri, 02/16/2018 - 15:41 Permalink

"There will be war". No, there will not.

It seems to me you have no understanding of the economic and financial ties between the countries in this region. Your analysis is from a typically superficial western perspective.

Take for example China and Taiwan. The west continues to exaggerate any friction between the two. Yet in reality there are substantial and strong ties bridging the Taiwan Strait. Taiwan has extensive investments in China. China gains nothing from war with Taiwan (doesn't need the land, or meagre resources), and Taiwan does not leverage off its strategic location against Chinese interests. Rather, it suits China for Taiwan to remain self-governing. Meanwhile, some Taiwanese companies receive active support from the Chinese Central government.

Will Philippines turn against China? No. There is rather considerable Filipino dissatisfaction with past US domination and current US interference.

Will Vietnam fight China? No. Vietnam is already benefiting economically from Chinese investment, and that is expected to increase, + Vietnam provides a transportation corridor to SE Asia, and may expect to benefit from increased activity along its length.

India? India skirmishes with everyone, tries to play one against another, with the end result of appearing unreliable to all prospective partners. And it is internally divided in multiple dimensions.

That leaves isolated Japan. Watch Abe - a nationalist, but a realist. Plays to domestic patriotism, but he's really focused on trying to keep Japan relevant (and not sinking beneath the economic waves of unserviceable debt). 

The only chance of war in E Asia, is a US provocation on the Korean peninsula, and if that is identified at the time for what it is, that may not play out as intended.

As for your F22s - they'll only make small splashes.


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medium giraffe Joe Trader Thu, 02/15/2018 - 22:26 Permalink

Hackers? Honestly? FFS, surely by now the 'hackers' trope should be immediately discarded by anyone with a mental age above 13. 

Maybe the greedy, allegiance free globalist assholes sold the information to the Chinese so they could make more fucking money.  Then, just maybe this was so embarrasing for the State Department that they had to invent the sort of bullshit story using buzzwords like 'hackers' that they usually come out with.

Maybe it's possible to find articles pertaining to BAE/Politicians/Clintons doing this exact thing via a search engine of your choosing.  The US leaks secrets like a rusty bucket, and everyone has a price.

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Malaka zorba THE GREEK Thu, 02/15/2018 - 23:05 Permalink

You can not enjoy the money IF YOU ARE DEAD, NO?

This might our enemies "perfect storm" If our internal enemies gave them tech Intel, we HAVE BIGGER PROBLEMS THAN THIS ARTICLE SAYS. - check the comments on the thread too - MAKE SURE.

Check this OUT.  Regarding our internal problems, this relate DEEPLY to the PLANNED FLORIDA Shootings..

I will tell you this  it might be guys like you and me that have to do what MUST be done. If Trump is a Limited Hangout, we have HUGE problems. God help us help ourselves regardless friends. I FUKIN hope it was a rogue #SS #OP like the #NWO #CIA and #MERCS #ISIS in #Syria, #Ukraine #NK etc. You too ZH'rs

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Malaka zorba THE GREEK Thu, 02/15/2018 - 23:13 Permalink

You can not enjoy the money IF YOU ARE DEAD, NO?

This might our enemies "perfect storm" If our internal enemies gave them tech Intel, we HAVE BIGGER PROBLEMS THAN THIS ARTICLE SAYS. - check the comments on the thread too - MAKE SURE.

Check this OUT.  Regarding our internal problems, this relate DEEPLY to the PLANNED FLORIDA Shootings..

I will tell you this  it might be guys like you and me that have to do what MUST be done. If Trump is a Limited Hangout, we have HUGE problems. God help us help ourselves regardless friends. I FUKIN hope it was a rogue #SS #OP like the #NWO #CIA and #MERCS #ISIS in #Syria, #Ukraine #NK etc. You too ZH'rs

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The Chief Rick Cerone Thu, 02/15/2018 - 22:00 Permalink

Now that Trump is in office, new invite/access lists have been issued for those getaway berths underneath the Denver Airport.

That should hold off the the nuke war until they can get him out of office. The only question is: Can the rest of the world kill the deepstate before he leaves office? We know that Sessions wont do it, so maybe the russians and chinese can. It is likely their only chance of survival.

In the meantime, billionaires and millionaires are buying mountains on the South Island of New Zealand and its a compound building bonanza. I have good friends (builders) who live in Christ church and they are licking their chops for these compounds. They welcome the N American interlopers....and will move right in to their houses when the SHTF.

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Element Rick Cerone Fri, 02/16/2018 - 01:26 Permalink

Just to point out to the duped, that the J-20 is NOT a carrier based aircraft, and it has never landed on an aircraft carrier, and no, it never will, any more than an F-22 ever will. J-20 was not designed for that at all.

The front-page image of a J-20 landing on a carrier is a photoshoped fantasy from the "China is Stronk!", propaganda department ... which bloggers just love.

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Fireman Rick Cerone Fri, 02/16/2018 - 05:26 Permalink

China owns USSA in case the author hadn't grasped what "debt" actually is. So why would China blow up its shit? When the USSA peters out and dies like a wet fart (think USSR before it) USSA will roll over and become the Turd World nation it always was at heart and USSANS will be just as happy working for their Chinese bosses as they were for the chosenites since the eurotrash genocided the locals and imported Africa.

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RagnarRedux Thu, 02/15/2018 - 21:54 Permalink

Not too remarkable given a specific (((group))) has been selling China advanced military/industrial tech for at least 35 years.

(1993) New York Times: C.I.A. Chief Says Israel Has Been Selling Advanced Military Technology To China For Over A Decade…

(2013) U.S. Furious With Israel For Selling Advanced Military Technology To China…

Israel Flagged As Top Spy Threat To U.S. In New NSA/Snowden Document…

Sayanim Everywhere

“Israeli spies have done more harm and have damaged the United States more than the intelligence agents of all other countries on earth combined... They are the gravest threat to our national security.”

— Admiral Bobby Inman 
    Former Deputy Director of the CIA…

ssnova Thu, 02/15/2018 - 22:00 Permalink

Looks like our military spending to output ratio is becoming much like our inefficient healthcare system.  C'mon guys, we need results for those Billions we're spending, plug up the holes.  Stop wasting so much of our military budget on those gender neutral bathrooms.

Consuelo Thu, 02/15/2018 - 22:02 Permalink

"...and prepare to show the enemy our war faces at a moment's notice - lest we lose what our ancestors so bravely fought for."


Hey um...   Can somebody tell me what our ancestors bravely fought for again...? 

Was there something about meddling in the affairs of foreign nations - all over the globe...?

delmar Jackson Thu, 02/15/2018 - 22:03 Permalink

"societies need to be made more psychologically resilient, "and resistant to attempts to erode their cohesion and will in peacetime as well as war." Surely this must mean we need to increase multiculturalism and diversity as it will make us stronger. I can't speak for the rest of you, but now that we are constantly told we are a nation of immigrants as the elites erase our people, I plan on letting the immigrants fight the next war and recommend all the bitter clingers and deplorables to stand down and let the elites and their children fight the next few wars.

MEFOBILLS Thu, 02/15/2018 - 22:04 Permalink

Maybe neo-liberal genius economists couldn't foresee China's rise, as they exported American jobs?

It wasn't that long ago that Wall Street was green-mailing American industry to "get the China price."  Wall Street wanted that wage arbitrage, and  former Communist Chinese labor was just waiting to go.  To hell with American's right?

Then there were plenty of signals that China was gaming the system by buying TBills instead of buying Main-street goods from American workers.  TBill Price High means interest rates low, which then means a housing bubble.  Wooo Hooo.  Let the good times roll, while jobs are lifted.  China's trade imbalance was illegal for MFN trading status, but let's just look the other way.

Now Geniuses in military industrial complex take out their gold plated hammers and go around looking for nails.  Maybe if MIC think tanks would pull head out of ass for a moment, look up and blink,  they might notice long supply chains that end up in China, and America becoming (has become) hollowed out.

China is NOT power projecting with a blue water navy.  BUT, China sure as HELL is MERCANTILE.  Mercantilism has long been a scourge to either grab another countries gold, or in this case to put another country into debt, and to steal their industry.  It helps to have wall street parasites sell america out.  It helps to have Congress Critters do the bidding of their masters, not the American people.

Here's a word of advice to MIC.  Pull head out of ass, look up, blink, and focus your eyes on bigger problems; those problems aren't military.  Immigrating turd worlders to take wage arbitrage and exporting jobs to take wage arbitrage, strengthens other countries and weakens the home base.

Increasing U.S. military is not the answer, all of your little girl bleeting about China and Russia not withstanding.  


MusicIsYou Thu, 02/15/2018 - 22:08 Permalink

Haha good luck solving the man-child epidemic. The only thing the west does well is chase it's tail over and over. And the fact that the truth annoys elites proves that they won't solve chasing their tail.

Pernicious Gol… Thu, 02/15/2018 - 22:15 Permalink

Thank you so much, Bill Clinton, for giving them so much of our technology in exchange for a few hundred thousand dollars in campaign contributions.

China probably has the added advantage of being able to make military hardware decisions based on what is effective, and not what brings money into the district of influential Congressthings. China's military contractors probably are as good at bribing government officials who make decisions as are our military contractors. But, I suspect in China the contractors are not constantly trying to convince the government to buy an old pig dressed up with new lipstick, so there may be innovation.

Expanding the man-child population is one of the most effective ways politicians have of creating more voters dependent on the government, so I don't see that ever moving in a better direction.