China’s announcement to set up a defense identification zone over disputed waters in the East China Sea caught the US off guard, both was sino-US military relations had improved greatly, and it was the weekend before Thanksgiving. A known tactic, tells defense analyst Wendell Minnick in the VOA.
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China’s Ministry of Defense shocked the international community by setting up an East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) including the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islets and started air patrols. In the Defense News military expert Wendell Minnick gets all the facts together as far as we know them.
Near Beijing China will set up a major commercial production hub for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s), defense analyst Wendell Minnick reports in Defense News.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.