As part of its ambitious military buildup aimed at narrowing the gap with the United States, China has put into service its J-20 stealth fighter and vowed to build a “first class” navy and develop a marine corps.
Chinese state television’s military channel confirmed in a March 9 report that the J-20 had now entered service, but gave no other details.
China hopes another in-development stealth fighter, the J-31, will compete with the F-35. Beijing unveiled the J-31 at the Zhuhai airshow in 2014.
The navy is another key focus of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s modernization of the country’s armed forces, the largest in the world.
With U.S. President Donald Trump promising the U.S. will go on a shipbuilding spree, Wang Weiming, deputy chief of staff of the People’s Liberation Army Navy, told Xinhua that China is speeding up the development of a marine corps, adding destroyers and frigates and will step up air and sea patrols.
“We will intercept any intruding aircraft and follow every military vessel in areas under our responsibility,” Wang said on March 9, Reuters reported. “Our sailors should stay vigilant and be able to deal with emergencies at all times.”
Full article: China stealth fighter enters service as Beijing vows to narrow gap with U.S. (World Tribune)