China developing battlefield AI for high-technology warfare

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FILE – In this April 12, 2018, file photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks after reviewing the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy fleet in the South China Sea. A new Pentagon report lays out U.S. concerns about China’s growing military might, underscoring worries about a possible attack against Taiwan. The report’s release on Jan. 15, 2019 came just a week after Chinese President Xi Jinping called on his People’s Liberation Army to better prepare for combat. (Li Gang/Xinhua via AP, File)

 

A Chinese military newspaper has outlined how the People’s Liberation Army plans to deploy artificial intelligence (AI) for its forces in future high-technology warfare.

The PLA Daily reported Jan. 19 that warfare is shifting from conventional destruction to artificial-intelligence-powered high-speed and extreme destruction operations.

Li Minghai of the PLA’s National Defense University wrote that AI will be a key “war-winning mechanism” for China. Continue reading

‘Guam Express’ DF-26 missiles in service with PLA

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The DF-26 missiles were first seen during a PLA parade in 2015. Photo: Xinhua

 

Carrier killer missiles are now operational along China’s coastal provinces and possibly on South China Sea atolls

China’s defense ministry confirmed on Thursday that high-tech DF-26 intermediate-range ballistic missiles have been deployed with the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force.

The DF-26 is tailor-made for precision offensives as well as swift nuclear counter-attacks – with its nuclear-tipped variant – against land- and sea-based targets.

The new missiles, with a hit range of 3,000-4,000km, are also known as the “Guam Express” among Chinese military buffs. They are the PLA’s first conventionally-armed missiles capable of reaching the US outpost of Guam if fired from China’s southeastern coastline. Continue reading

China Threatens India Over Border: “Leave Chinese Land Or Face War”

 

While the world’s eyes are focused on Syria, Russia, Ukraine, and North Korea; there is another – much more tense – fight between two nuclear powers that is getting far too little attention. The world’s two most populous nations, China and India, have been engaged in a border dispute for decades but in recent months it has flared once again with a Chinese Ministry of Defense official now warning explicitly that Indian troops must leave the contested Doklam area if they do not want war.

The latest standoff started more than a month ago after Chinese troops started building a road on a remote plateau, which is disputed by China and Bhutan.  Indian troops countered by moving to the flashpoint zone to halt the work, with China accusing them of violating its territorial sovereignty and calling for their immediate withdrawal. Continue reading

PLA warships carry out biggest live-fire drills yet in South China Sea

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General Wu Shengli, commander of the PLA Navy

 

Exercises in the South China Sea draw South, North and East Sea fleets, and come ahead of an international ruling on Beijing’s claims in the waters

The PLA Navy has carried out its largest live-fire drill yet in the South China Sea, ahead of a ruling by an international tribunal on a dispute with the Philippines over claims to the strategic waters.

Warships from the north and east fleets joined the south fleet in the drills, the army mouthpiece PLA Daily said on its website. Continue reading

Chinese Soldiers Have Laser Guns!

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The BBQ-905 is another Chinese laser rifle that could eventually be offered for export, perhaps to foreign police forces (China is looking to sell other direct energy weapons for ‘law enforcement and counter-terrorist missions’.

 

The official PLA Daily December 9th 2015 edition announced that Chinese soldiers are now in possession of laser guns. This was not a counter to the success of Star Wars: Force Awakens, but rather the revelation of new responses to the spread of new technology like unmanned systems. Continue reading

PLA uses civilian ship for troop movement exercise

If you’ve been following this site for a while, you will recall that the nationalization of 172,000 private Chinese vessels during a crisis is now mandatory.

 

The People’s Liberation Army Air Force for the first time mobilized a civilian vessel for an exercise on Aug. 10 to practice its maritime force projection capability, according to the PLA Daily. Continue reading

China practices Taiwan invasion with civilian ferries, bomber flights in Bashi Channel

Normally, you’d think “ferries” and ask “so what?” Here’s the deal in a nutshell: Load the ferries with PLA personnel disguised as civilians or mixed in with actual civilians and tourists, and run them as a ferry service for a time before you decide to invade. During the course of this time, the key people you ship over will lay the groundwork with sabotage in Taiwan as preparatory measures to weaken the enemy and limit its capacity to respond, along with identifying critical targets that first need to be hit. The ferries would serve mostly for this purpose as an actual Chinese naval flotilla would cause alarm. The flotilla is what comes in next after the preparations have been finished and the CCP gives the green light to invade. During the course of war, these ferries would just be an ‘extra’ to boost the capacity of soldiers being sent over. It’s also important to note a lot of these ferries could house missiles ready to be launched on command. For a comparable example, please see HERE for what a missile hidden in a shipping container looks like.

 

A series of Chinese military exercises between late May and early June showcased the ability of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to project land, air, and naval power into the area around Taiwan.

While China has made no official connection, the exercises also coincided with the 29 May to 3 June visit to the United States of Tsai Ing Wen, the leader of the anti-unification Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), who could win the presidency in elections scheduled for 2016. Continue reading

Chinese Military Declares the Internet an Ideological ‘Battleground’

China’s military newspaper, the People’s Liberation Army Daily, warned on Wednesday that China must “resolutely protect ideological and political security on the invisible battleground of cyberspace.” The call to arms against “Western hostile forces” on the Internet comes amidst a broader push for tighter Internet controls, including experiments with offensive cyber capabilities against websites that have been banned in China.

The piece begins by repeating a claim China has made often: that Internet or cyber sovereignty is a manifestation of national sovereignty. Over the past year, China has called attention to this concept in media articles and official speeches, seeking to win international recognition of its conceptualization of how the internet should be governed. The PLA Daily piece makes it clear that China’s “cyber territory” must be defended as vigorously as physical territory. The article warned that if China doesn’t occupy and defend its “cyber territory,” then nameless “hostile forces” will use it as a “bridgehead” to attack China. Continue reading

PLA should expand special forces: state media

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) should expand the scale of its special forces to adapt itself to future wars, in line with China’s military reform, reported the state-run PLA Daily.

“The form of war has changed, so has the way operations are carried out,” said Chinese president Xi Jinping during a recent speech. “Our [the PLA’s] military mindset and principles for operations must progress with time” to strengthen our capability in information gathering, the system itself, elite troops, and collaboration. Continue reading

PLA orders discussion of combat readiness

The People’s Liberation Army’s General Political Department has ordered the army and armed police across the nation to discuss combat readiness and effectiveness, the army’s media outlet PLA Daily reported on Tuesday.

The PLA Daily said the across-the-board discussions are aimed at instilling the concept of combat readiness, adding that the discussion will be the army’s prime political task this year. Continue reading

PLA needs bigger guns and tanks for its growing soldiers

The People’s Liberation Army is replacing its weapons because its young soldiers are getting bigger, the PLA Daily has reported.

The average PLA soldier is now 2cm taller and his waistline 5cm wider than the average soldier two decades ago, a report by the General Armament Department’s chemical decontamination institution revealed.

It did not state the average measurements of height and waistline.

The report said that because many of the army’s current weapons were designed based on soldiers’ sizes some 30 years ago, a soldier of normal build today would feel cramped in the tanks and find the firearms too short to use. Continue reading

China’s nuclear missile drill seen as warning to US not to meddle in region

The People’s Liberation Army has for the first time released photos of its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in action – a move seen as a response to US military moves in the region.

The 17 photos published on the PLA Daily’s website on Tuesday provided the first glimpse of a live drill involving the Dongfeng-31 since its delivery to the Second Artillery Corps in 2006. Continue reading

Winter Games — China holds war games near Korean border

China’s military is holding large-scale military maneuvers near the North Korean border amid new signs of political instability in Pyongyang.

U.S. military intelligence assets in Asia—including satellites, aircraft and ships—are monitoring the war games by the 39th Army Group that are part of the Shenyang military region. Continue reading

Radio Silence

Pentagon, State Department silent on threatening reports outlining Chinese plans for nuclear attacks on U.S. cities

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf and Pentagon spokeswoman Cynthia Smith would not respond when asked about the highly unusual Chinese reports published Oct. 28 in numerous major Communist Party-controlled television and newspaper outlets.

The Chinese reports included maps showing nuclear strikes on Los Angeles and the Pacific Northwest, along with the resulting radiation plumes stretching thousands of miles across the western United States. Continue reading

Inside China: Nuclear submarines capable of widespread attack on U.S.

Keep in mind that these are official quotes from officially approved state-run media. This is not some fantasy war game or conspiracy. They are displaying their capability in the open.

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Chinese state-run media revealed for the first time this week that Beijing’s nuclear submarines can attack American cities as a means to counterbalance U.S. nuclear deterrence in the Pacific.

On Monday, leading media outlets including China Central TV, the People’s Daily, the Global Times, the PLA Daily, the China Youth Daily and the Guangmin Daily ran identical, top-headlined reports about the “awesomeness” of the People’s Liberation Army navy’s strategic submarine force. Continue reading