Michael van der Galien

China Determined to Cut Into Russia’s Arms Sales

Posted on December 30 2009 9:52 am
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.
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Posted by Yevgeny Bendersky at 5:04 AM

According to Russian sources, the aircraft took off and landed on the deck of the aircraft carrier “Shi Lang”, named in honor of the Chinese general who conquered the island of Taiwan in 1861. In another life, “Shi Lang” was a Soviet aircraft carrier “Varyag,” sold by Ukraine to Beijing in the late 1990s. “Varyag” has been anchored in the port of Dalian since 2002. All this time, Chinese scientists have been actively engaged in its repair and modernization. Beijing made no secret that it considers the Soviet aircraft carrier as a platform for working out its own technology for building an aircraft carrier fleet. The only problem for the implementation of these plans was the lack of aircraft capable of landing on the deck of the ship, as well as lack of experience in training naval aviation pilots.

Russian military and industrial leaders are concerned that China’s successful development of indigenous military aircraft will diminish Russia’s position on the arms market. “Izvestia” earlier reported that China offered Pakistan the licensed production of the FC-1 fighter, which Russia considers as the closest competitor to its MiG-29 military jet. In the near future, Beijing is planning the production of at least 2,000 of the latest fighter planes for its own air force and for export…

Read the whole thing at Real Clear World.

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