Category Archives: military

New stealth fighter disclosed during Panetta trip – Wendell Minnick

Pictures of a new stealth fighter, the J-21 and/or J-31, showed up on time for the visit of US Defense secretary Leon Panetta to China, writes defense specialist Wendell Minnick in Defense News.

China’s new fighter on video – Wendell Minnick

China’s social media are rife with rumors on the country’s military developments, but when in June a video showed up with what seemed pictures of its new fighter, the world took it very serious, writes military analyst Wendell Minnick in Defense News.

Does Taiwan need tanks? – Wendell Minnick

Taiwan can take over cheap US main battle tanks, left over from the war in Iraq, but that has sparked off an old debate. Does Taiwan need tanks for its defense? Military analyst Wendell Minnick reports in Defense News.

Angry Taiwan delays upgrade F-16’s – Wendell Minnick

Rising costs of the upgrade of its fleet of F-16’s have caused tension between Taiwan and the US, as the angry Taiwanese decided to postpone the already long-delayed agreement, writes defense expert Wendell Minnick in Defense News.

Taiwan Defense cuts no big deal – Wendell Minnick

Taiwan has announced cuts in its defense budget, making it tougher to upgrade its aging fleet of F-16’s, writes the Asia Sentinel. But defense analyst Wendell Minnick says the budget cuts are unlikely to influence the island’s security, or even the quality of its F-16’s.

The myth of Chinese military aggression – Tom Doctoroff

The list of China’s military acts of aggression might get longer each year, China veteran Tom Doctoroff tells in The Huffington Post “China’s bark is worse than its bite.”

US Congress members fear loss of military secrets – Wendell Minnick

Two members of US Congress have asked for a National Security Review and a Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States review into a new GE joint venture with the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), writes defense analyst Wendell Minnick in Defense News.

New military leadership expected – Wendell Minnick

China’s top leaders are preparing for a change in its political leaders early 2012, and the military are no exception. Military expert Wendell Minnick looks at the upcoming changes in China’s top brass in Defense News.

China spies trouble Sino-Russian relationship – Reuben F. Johnson

A trip by president Vladimir Putin to Beijing in the second week of October was shadowed by the discovery of a Chinese spy network in Russia, writes defense specialist Reuben F. Johnson in The Washington Times. Arms trade from Russia to China was already dwindling.

US aerospace firms might help China’s military – Wendell Minnick

US joint ventures in China might be helping China’s military in improving its aerospace capabilities, according to an early draft of a report by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, seen by Defense News China expert Wendell Minnick. The official report in due in November.