China’s surprising new naval capabilities

article-2238222-163355FA000005DC-552_634x436Congratulations are most definitely NOT in order. While the U.S. prepares for across-the-board military cuts, China spent a billion dollars on their military in 2012. Now, officials are reporting China has landed one of their home-built fighter jets on their brand new aircraft carrier.

Reuters reported this “symbolically significant development” in light of China’s desire to become a naval power. The Chinese J-15 fighter plane “is comparable to the Russian Su-33 jet and the U.S. F-18” and can carry a multitude of bombs and missiles. The aircraft carrier, Liaoning, is a reconditioned Soviet ship purchased by China from the Ukraine in 1998.

“China is embroiled in disputes with the Philippines and Vietnam over South China Sea islands believed to be surrounded by waters rich in natural gas. It has a similar dispute with Japan over islands in the East China Sea,” which explains Chinese President Hu Jintao’s comment that a navy is needed to “win local war.”

According to Reuter’s, China “has also warned the United States, with President Barack Obama’s “pivot” to Asia, not to get involved.”

Read more from Reuters here.

Watch a Chinese fighter jet land for the first time on an aircraft carrier at sea:

Janeen Capizola

"And though she be but little, she is fierce." And fun! This conservative-minded political junkie, mom of three, dancer and one-time NFL cheerleader holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science. [email protected] Twitter: @JaneenBPR


3 thoughts on “China’s surprising new naval capabilities

  1. Rich says:

    This is one more reason the United States needs to work as a team and get past the partisan politics. We can't afford to let our guard down. We won't get a second chance. China's military budget is much less than ours but they get more for their money. They don't have the high labor costs or the contractor kick backs and overbilling that we have here in the US.

  2. Nevin says:

    Good post Janeen. Reason number 1,001 that so called "free" trade with China continues to be detrimental to US interests. Perhaps the GOP and Democrats could sincerely coalesce around the issue and "get around partisan politics" and start what many of the early leaders of the US believed in as a strategic necessity: economic protectionism in trade and an internal free market at home (self sufficiency). It would be the answer to many of our economic woes and generate more jobs, higher wages, etc which means more disposable incomes for families to spend on goods and services, more revenues, and no need for the twin evils of austerity and higher taxes on individuals personal and corporate wealth. Not to mention a strong national defense industrial base where we once produced our own electronics, computers, steel, machine tools, etc. The first step in achieving this is for the GOP base to realize economic nationalism once again (it was once a major plank of the GOP from Lincoln's time to the early 1970s) and to show the door to the libertarians and corporate conservatives (aka cheap labor conservatives). Perhaps it may entail a Third Party with a Democratic, Constitutional Nationalist ideology. Time will tell, but the libertarian and corporate globalist elements of the party really don't have credibility with Main Street America…in fact they never did

  3. Bob says:

    No need to worry, the Navy is in good hands with Adm. Mullen !!

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