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posted by Fnord666 on Friday December 15 2017, @11:45AM   Printer-friendly
from the at-least-it's-in-the-air dept.

Has the People's Republic caught up?

The Chengdu J-20 marks the first entry of a multirole stealth fighter into China's armed forces. According to the Department of Defense (DOD), China views stealth technology as a core component in the transformation of its air force from "a predominantly territorial air force to one capable of conducting both offensive and defensive operations." Designed for enhanced stealth and maneuverability, the J-20 has the potential to provide China with a variety of previously unavailable air combat options and enhance its capability to project power.

As an advanced multirole stealth fighter, it is speculated that the J-20 can fulfill both air-to-air and air-to-ground combat roles for the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) and the aviation branch of the People's Liberation Army Navy (referred to as either Naval Aviation or the PLAN-AF). According to PLAAF Senior Colonel Shen Jinke, the J-20 will enhance the overall combat capability of China's air force. A 2016 report by the DOD states that the J-20 represents a critical step in China's efforts to develop "advanced aircraft to improve its regional power projection capabilities and to strengthen its ability to strike regional airbases and facilities." In 2014, the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission described the J-20 as "more advanced than any other fighter currently deployed by Asia Pacific countries."


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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by Azuma Hazuki on Friday December 15 2017, @09:30PM (8 children)

    by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Friday December 15 2017, @09:30PM (#610482) Journal

    Looking at this thread I see far too much complacency. I don't think people understand the US has gotten corrupt and rotten and mismanaged internally over the last 40-50 years.

    China plays its cards very close to its chest. Remember they are also over 4,000 years old in one form or another; if you think American exceptionalism is a thing, try and imagine the Chinese equivalent...and theirs actually has some serious, long-term historical credentials to back it up. These are the people who invented gunpowder, remember, and I suspect if a certain emperor hadn't forbidden overseas voyages way back when we'd all be speaking courtly Mandarin now (as it is I'm trying to learn...).

    The US feels like a dying empire, very much like the Soviets or, perhaps more topically, the Romans did. The ruling class has gotten self-absorbed, decadent, inbred, and out of touch with reality. I have no doubt China could win easily in any war by hitting a few brittle pain points and making the entire country collapse from within.

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  • (Score: 2) by MostCynical on Friday December 15 2017, @11:50PM

    by MostCynical (2589) on Friday December 15 2017, @11:50PM (#610554) Journal

    You mean like refusing to supply clothes, cars, plastic, toys, furniture, etc etc?
    http://www.universalcargo.com/top-10-import-goods-from-china-with-pics/ [universalcargo.com]

    At the moment, they are making too much money from trade with the US:
    https://ustr.gov/countries-regions/china-mongolia-taiwan/peoples-republic-china [ustr.gov]

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 16 2017, @12:25AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 16 2017, @12:25AM (#610565)

    The ruling class has gotten self-absorbed, decadent, inbred, and out of touch with reality.

    Inbreeding is not the only way to explain idiocy.

  • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Sunday December 17 2017, @08:57AM (5 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Sunday December 17 2017, @08:57AM (#610921) Homepage Journal

    Wow. You seem almost - aware! But, the Soviet isn't exactly a dead empire. You should read 'Make the Tigers Fight: Soviet Strategy in Asia' by James Perry. It's a short little essay which contains a lot of information. It is probably published elsewhere, but you can find it in 'Riding the Red Horse', edited by Tom Kratman and Vox Day. I know, I know - those are hated names on the left side of America's partisan politics. All the same, Perry should convince you that the Soviet wasn't crazy, stupid, and certianly isn't dead. China has had far greater shakeups, than the end of the Soviet experiment. That empire has experienced a transition, nothing more. And, the US still doesn't have a clue about either Russia, or China.

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    • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Monday December 18 2017, @05:58AM (4 children)

      by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Monday December 18 2017, @05:58AM (#611286) Journal

      You are never going to win the insult war, Runaway. Far too many of your recent posts sound like you're one slap across the face away from going postal and the entire site can see it. You can't even touch me from where you're sitting, and the world knows it. You also vastly underestimate me, and, it seems, virtually everyone else you interact with on this site.

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      • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Monday December 18 2017, @11:44AM (3 children)

        by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Monday December 18 2017, @11:44AM (#611340) Homepage Journal

        Uhhhhh - WTF does any of that have to do with my post? To paraphrase my post - You seem to have a much better idea what's what with current events than the average numbnuts Joe Sixpack. But, your view of Russia and/or the Soviet is skewed. Get the essay. Read it. If it doesn't change your mind about anything, at least you'll get an idea how you should be looking at Russia. It's far more complicated than any of the assholes in the White House have let on for the past - ohhhhh - 80 years. They've been playing us like fish, DESPITE going bankrupt while doing it! But, maybe we shouldn't feel to bad for being suckers on a fishhook - Russia played China, Korea, and Vietnam. China finally wised up, Korea and Vietnam never did. There are other tigers in Asia and Africa, especially the Mideast, but none of those have been played like we have.

        Never going to win the insult war? Fuck - get over yourself, girl.

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        • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Tuesday December 19 2017, @04:43AM (2 children)

          by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Tuesday December 19 2017, @04:43AM (#611706) Journal

          Do you truly think I don't know what kind of game Russia is playing? I'm someone who can think like an utter bastard (bastette?), routinely beat adults three to five times my age at chess when I was 8, and have a hobby of reading historical fiction. They're doing a much older, more subtle, and more varied version of what on the battlefield is known as "asymmetric warfare," to put it extremely simply. I am told the kiddies refer to this as "4-dimensional chess," though that's only part of it.

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          • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Tuesday December 19 2017, @04:55AM (1 child)

            by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday December 19 2017, @04:55AM (#611711) Homepage Journal

            Bragging on your accomplishments doesn't address the issue at hand. And - FYI, there are some number of people in gubbermint who are as smart or smarter than you, and they still don't seem to have a clue what Russia is doing, or has done. Additionally - you have already made a statement alluding to the death and/or destruction of the Soviet, which seemed to indicate that you were NOT aware how Russia has played all of us chumps.

            Now, for the real kicker: What if, Russia's top dogs were in collusion with our own top dogs, all along? Talk about sons of bitches, huh?

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            • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Tuesday December 19 2017, @09:51PM

              by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Tuesday December 19 2017, @09:51PM (#611989) Journal

              OF COURSE they were and are! Our current president, as a friend said, has Putin's dick so far up his ass he can floss with the guy's foreskin. This means it is not a new arrangement; it means since before the USSR fell a type of economic and cultural infiltration was going on. We see this with the Chinese buying out large chunks of real estate as well. If Marx was right about one thing, it's that a greedy shortsighted capitalist (which, I would argue, is therefore a poor capitalist...) would sell you the rope you can hang him with.

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