China’s military closing technology gap with the US, says American air force chief

As mentioned oft enough, America’s intelligence community turned un-intelligent community is usually now behind the curve. They’re constantly ‘surprised’ by these ‘unexpected developments’. Having said this, China is likely on par or beyond American technological capability. Why show off all the goods and expose the element of surprise?


China’s military is closing the technology gap with the United States, although the experience of America’s pilots still gives them an “unbelievably huge” edge, according to the Pacific Air Forces chief.

General Lori Robinson, in Singapore to attend the country’s air show, said she felt assured that Chinese pilots would act professionally in interactions with the US, citing a September agreement on rules of behaviour.

US military pilots flying in the contested South China Sea have been warned over radio, sometimes repeatedly, by Chinese personnel telling them to leave, while Japanese planes have been challenged in the neighbouring East China Sea.

President Xi Jinping has prioritised modernising the military with a focus on the navy and air force as he seeks to project power outward and assert China’s claims to territory in the waters of the west Pacific. That has included greater spending on longer-range and higher tech ships, planes and submarines, while the People’s Liberation Army has also focused on improving training and standards for its fighter pilots.

“The technology gap certainly is closing, there’s no denying that,” General Robinson said in an interview. “The difference between that technology gap is the training that the United States air crew get. That training and the way our airmen work every single day, no matter what platform that they are on, and all the people that support those airmen to do that job. That edge is unbelievably huge.”

The Pentagon in a report released in May said China’s rapid military modernisation has the potential to reduce core US military technological advantages.”

China is “investing in capabilities designed to defeat adversary power projection and counter third-party, including US, intervention during a crisis or conflict”, according to the report.

Full article: China’s military closing technology gap with the US, says American air force chief (South China Morning Post)

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