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Tension mounts as strong Chinese fleet of aircraft carrier and navy vessels spotted south of Taiwan

Tuesday, December 27th 2016 - 07:53 UTC
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What China's Defense Ministry deemed as “routine exercises,” was cause for grave concern among Taiwanese authorities as a strong Chinese fleet led by the Soviet-built Liaoning aircraft carrier escorted by five other warships entered the top half of the South China Sea on Monday passing southeast of the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands. Read full article


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  • ChrisR

    This so called aircraft carrier is nothing other than a development exercise for China to learn what aircraft carriers are and how to operate them 'in the field' (of battle).

    The whole of the Chinese fleet could probably be sunk by the existing American sub-fleet.

    Reacting in this manner if just fuelling China's view of how 'strong it is': it isn't as far as sea operations are concerned.

    That is not to say that this won't change in the next few years but other nations fleets will also have the same number of years to advance their goalposts.

    Dec 27th, 2016 - 07:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DemonTree

    @ ChrisR
    “That is not to say that this won't change in the next few years but other nations fleets will also have the same number of years to advance their goalposts.”

    True, but isn't Trump planning to cut down on US military spending and defence commitments?

    I hope the President of Taiwan knows what she is doing.

    Dec 27th, 2016 - 08:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Trump can say what he whats, but in the end, Congress has the final say. There are still military hawks in both parties and both chambers.......I do not see that happening. Besides, most of our 3 letter divisions covert budgets are buried deep in that DoD a nested box.

    It took the United States and Britain along with a few others over 80 years and several wars including a major world war to learn by trial and error the tactics and strategies employed in carrier warfare. They have more than a few years to go. Stealing technologies that other countries have spend blood, sweat and tears on and unrolling them in a matter of years versus decades does not make one adept nor even functional when challenged. I would never take them for granted, but I would not view them like the Russians, because, if the Russians can get a carrier somewhere without breaking down, they can be dangerous knowing that the Russian carriers are equipped with 19 or 20 jets.

    Dec 27th, 2016 - 08:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ Captain Poppy
    “if the Russians can get a carrier somewhere without breaking down”

    And of course this 'Chinese carrier' is nothing of the sort, it's the last Russian hulk ordered but left as a hulk when the USSR died on it's feet.

    So, it's a USSR designed hull fitted out by a bunch of Chinese who probably haven't got an American-Chinese (their favourite way into 'new' technology) on hand to stop them making all the mistakes the Brits and Yanks made over the years.

    You only have you look at the majority of the Chinese cars that used to come flooding into Uruguay. They look good but do not drive well and in my experience of two rental cars, start falling apart as soon as you have done 100Km. My wife called them 'a Chinese junk' which summed it up well and truly.

    Like all new Presidents Trump is going to 'modify' his views somewhat once he gets his feet under the desk in the WH.

    I had great hopes for Obama and look what a complete failure he turned out to be. I think Trump will surprise us all.

    Dec 28th, 2016 - 11:01 am - Link - Report abuse 0
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