Category Archives: military

Chinese missiles for Turkey no done deal yet – Wendell Minnick

When NATO member Turkey selected long-range missiles from China, a shock went through the industry. But the purchase might not yet be a done deal, writes defense expert Wendell Minnick in Defense News.

China’s North-Korea dilemma – Michael Justin Lee

North-Korea is raising its stakes at the Korean peninsula, putting pressure on its supposed ally China. But China’s dilemma in dealing with its unruly neighbor might offer also opportunities, writes China expert Michael Lee Justin in ChinaUSFocus. It might be a unique chance for China and the US do draw closer.

Even in China the J-15 Flying Shark lies under fire – Wendell Minnick

The J-15 Flying Shark is one of the projects China’s military industry uses to prove they are on their way to become a global player. But even back at home, notes defense analyst Wendell Minnick, the plane is criticized and described a flopping fish, he writes in the Defense News.

China’s cloud raising security concerns – Wendell Minnick

Internet snooping by the NSA might still keep on shocking the world, it does not stop the US from raising security concerns when other countries – like China – plan to do the same. Defense analyst Wendell Minnick looked at a new paper commissioned by the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) for Defense News.

Syrian strike tests Chinese radars – Wendell Minnick

When the US and its allies strike Syria, China has a unique opportunity to battle-test it radars, stationed in Syria, writes defense analyst Wendell Minnick in Defense News. And the Pentagon would have its learning possibility too.

Chinese missiles: little change since 2006, 2009 – Wendell Minnick

China’s missiles, pointing at Taiwan, have been the basis of much military and political tension in the past. But and analysis of the 2013 Ballistic and Cruise Missile Threat, which contains contributions from key US intelligence agencies, shows mainly a cut-and-paste report, based on old reports, writes defense analyst Wendell Minnick for Defense News.

China’s UAV’s can change power balance – Wendell Minnick

China displayed for the first time its first unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV), the Pterodactyl UAV, at the Paris Air Show last week. Defense analyst Wendell Minnick explains in Defense News how China’s new toys can change the power balance by circumventing current embargoes and other regulations.

Former US Army officer warns of too rosy picture of China – Wendell Minnick

Defense analyst Wendell Minnick got hold of an advanced copy of the upcoming book by former US Army officer Larry Wortzel, who also served as assistant Army attache at the Beijing embassy during the Tiananmen crisis in 1989. “Wortzel argues that the “PLA is turning into a modern armed force with its own unique operational doctrine.” he writes in Defense News.

Meeting of Asian military: many words, no deaths – Wendell Minnick

Just before Xi Jinping and Barack Obama sat down for their California summit, the region’s military representatives sat down in Singapore for the 12th Shangri-la Dialogues. Our defense analyst Wendell Minnick saw a classic Shakespeare act deploying, although with less drama than in the past, he writes in Defense News.

Australia goes easy on China’s military rise

In its 2013 Defence white paper Australia is not seeing China as an adversary, but picks a position between the two power blocks, the US and China, notes military analyst Wendell Minnick in Defense News. In China it sees “a strategic partner”.