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Taiwan invests US$15 billion in indigenous defense project – Wendell Minnick

Taiwan is going to invest close to US$15 billion into indigenous shipbuilding projects in an effort to become more independent from changing US policies on defense, writes defense analyst Wendell Minnick in Defense News

China builds amphibious Taiwan scenario – Wendell Minnick

China´s military have been building out amphibious capability for their Taiwan invasion scenario, writes defense analyst Wendell Minnick in Defense News, quoting an annual report by the Pentagon for the US Congress.

US arrest suspect for carbon fiber theft – Wendell Minnick

US judicial authorities have arrested the Chinese national Fuyi “Frank” Sun for trying to steal carbon fiber, used for military and aerospace applications, defense analyst Wendell Minnick writes in Defense News. Sun was caught by an undercover unit of Home Land Security (HSI).

China´s defense firms become better, but stay secretive – Wendell Minnick

Getting a Chinese defense company at an exhibition would be awkward, since they were not prepared to give any information, not even to customers, writes defense analyst Wendell Minnick at Defense News. At the latest Singapore Airshow they improved, but only slightly.

Shrinking Taiwan military moonlight as China spies – Wendell Minnick

Taiwanese military increasingly spy for China, as their future in the military looks dim, as relations between Beijing and Tapei improve, writes defense analyst Wendell Minnick in Defense News. Share their information with China is one way to cash in on their knowledge.

Will China reverse engineer its Russian fighters? – Wendell Minnick

China closed a US$2 billion deal with Russia to purchase 24 Su-35 fighters. Question, looking at the rather small amount, according to defense analyst Wendell Minnick in Defense News: will China reverse engineer the planes, like it did before.

Chinese fighters seen at Woody Island – Wendell Minnick

China is extending its grip on the South China Sea by stationing advanced J-11BH/BHS fighters on Woody Island. According to defense analyst Wendell Minnick those fighters can reach an additional 360 kilometers into the disputed area, he writes in Defense News.

Entering the Gulf Defense market – Wendell Minnick

China will make another effort to sell its military products in the region at the Dubai Airshow, writes defense analyst Wendell Minnick in Defense News. While the Gulf market is attractive, China´s companies did not make many inroads yet.

How China tried to buy US fighters and UAV´s – Wendell Minnick

A Florida court started last week a case against two Chinese who tried to purchase advanced American fighters and UAV´s, writes defense analyst Wendell Minnick in Defense News. An undercover operation thwarted the effort.

New Chinese spy satellites focus on US carriers – Wendell Minnick

China will be launching soon new spy satellites that will help the country to keep a close eye at US carriers, writes defense analyst Wendell Minnick in Defense News. Since the 1996 Taiwan Strait missile crisis, China has been investing in better ways to watch the US military.