Those patriotic Chinese are very excited with this intensive display of advanced weapons and assert that China has entered a period in which expansion of military power is eruptive. Further by listing China’s achievements in the development of the most advanced military equipments, they reach to a conclusion that China can secure its statue as a major world power for at least a century.

REN Zegang

In the last 15 years, there has been a continuous exposure of China’s newly developed advanced weapons. An incomplete list of such arsenal include 99A battle tank, 04A armed vehicle, 05A 155mm self propelled howitzer, HJ-10 and HJ-12 anti tank missile, second generation light tank, HQ-16 and HQ-9 surface to air missile, J-20 and J-31 stealth fighter, J-10 B/C fighter, Liaoning aircraft carrier, J-15 carrier based fighter, 055 and 052D guided missile destroyer, ship based phased array radar, ship based vertical missile launching system, Z-10 and Z-19 attack helicopter, Cloud Shadow and CH5 attacking and surveillance drone, airborne early warning and control systems,Y-20 large military transport aircraft, DF-16, DF-21, DF-26 and DF31/41 ballistic missiles.

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Those patriotic Chinese are very excited with this intensive display of advanced weapons and assert that China has entered a period in which expansion of military power is eruptive. Further by listing China’s achievements in the development of the most advanced military equipments, they reach to a conclusion that China can secure its statue as a major world power for at least a century.

Following are the justifications to their arguments:

  • The US and China are the only two in the world have developed an anti missile system capable of intercepting ballistic missile in its mid course stage.
  • The US, Russia and China are the only three have carried manned space-flight and built systems of space surveillance.
  • The US, Russia and China are the only three have built nuclear striking capability from platforms of ground, sea and air.
  • China is the only country in the world has developed a ballistic missile system capable of attacking moving targets at sea.
  • The US and China are the only two have built ship-based phrased array radar and the ship-based vertical missile launching system for air defence.
  • The US and China are the only two have built a capability in designing and manufacturing all range of air surveillance plans for the construction of an early warning and air control system.
  • The US, Russia and China are the only three capable of designing and manufacturing the fourth generation fighters and to equip such fighters with active phrased array radar, high performance dogfight missiles, beyond visual range air to air missiles, and long range air to air missiles.
  • The US, Russia and China are the only three have been developing the fifth generation of fighters and bombers. China has successfully developed two types of supersonic and stealth fighters.

Type-055-Destroyer_China_PLANThough the above claims might be somewhat exaggerated; those Chinese nationalists believe that with increased military capability China will be more assertive in protecting its interests even in the high seas. There are analyses point out that by 2024 Chinese PLA will build a capacity equivalent to the US power in 2003. The competition between the US and China in the development of military equipment is increasingly fierce as China is rapidly closing the gap, a phenomenon that occurs first time after the end of cold war.

The development of military power will surely transfer into China’s international actions.

With regarding to the US P-3 air surveillance plan flying over close to Hong Kong and the US destroyer sailing into 12 nautical miles of China’s claimed islands in South China seas in recent times, the Chinese Global Times made flowing comments: “the activities by the US has made China uncomfortable for many years; however the date that China can revenge will not be far as China could send its own warships and battle planes patrolling around the US targets in Pacific such as Guam”.

Furthermore Global Times said that in the last four hundreds years China suffered from defeats one after another. One of the key factors causing such shameful failures was that China’s military capability then was far behind that of world powers. Now with the development of a large number of advanced military equipment, the day that China’s military equipment was inferior to world powers has gone.