China fields new maritime patrol and anti-submarine Y-8/Y-9 variant

China fields new maritime patrol and anti-submarine Y-8/Y-9 variant

The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has introduced into service a new maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) variant of the Shaanxi Aircraft Corporation (SAC) Y-8/Y-9 medium transport aircraft, national media reported in late June.

An unspecified number of the four-engined Y-8GX6 (Y-8Q) turboprops have now been inducted into the North Sea Fleet, which is responsible for the maritime domain that stretches from the North Korean border to Lianyungang (Jiangsu Province), some three-and-a-half years after the type was first revealed in late 2011. Continue reading

China’s 2nd aircraft carrier nears construction phase: report

The construction of China’s second aircraft carrier appears to be imminent, reports the Global Times, a tabloid under the auspices of the Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily.

On Saturday, the official microblog of the Changzhou city government in east China’s Jiangsu province posted that a local company, Jiangsu Shangshang Cable Group, has won a tender to supply cabling for “China’s second aircraft carrier.” Continue reading

Recent cyberattacks could be part of a Chinese military strategy started nearly 20 years ago

In light of this, it’s highly recommended two read two books that were ahead of the curve and how they illustrate (by publishing date alone) that what we see transpiring just now was planned many decades ago. One could only imagine what the Chinese are up to now if we just now caught on to decades-old warfare plans. It’s often what you don’t see that hits you the hardest. Read the quotes and ask yourself if what you see happening today in general with a “recession” going on its 6th year (something no real economist has ever heard of) just happens to be what is called a ‘correction of the free market’ or something else.

The two books:

The first signs of China’s interest in cyberwarfare began with Major General Wang Pufeng, a former Director of the Strategy Department at the Academy of Military Science in Beijing. Now regarded as the founding father of “Chinese information warfare” (link in Chinese), Wang’s 1995 paper titled “The Challenge of Information Warfare” (a more literal translation of the Chinese, 信息战争与军事革命, would be “Information Technology and Military Revolution”) analyzed the way the US had used information technology to win battles. Wang urged the Chinese military to ”strive for an active approach in a reactive situation and use every means possible to destroy the opponent’s information superiority and transform our inferior position in information.”

Major General Wang Pufeng, the founding father of Chinese information warfare No. 1 School, Jiangyang City, Jiangsu Province

Here’s a longer excerpt from his analysis of how cyberwarfare would play out (emphasis is ours):

The large-scale importation of information technology deep into the field of warfare will inevitably bring about a military revolution. This revolution has actually already started.Those who perceive it first will swiftly rise to the top and have the advantage of the first opportunities. Those who perceive it late will unavoidably also be caught up in the vortex of this revolution. Every military will receive this baptism. Continue reading

Communist Party Congress: how it works

At the centre of the spectacle is the Communist Party congress, a gathering held once every five years that is the 18th such event in the party’s history.

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