A U.S. Navy Nightmare: What If China Built a ‘Battleship’?

National Interest – S’pose China built a battleship. What would such a sea creature look like, and how would it fare in the bare-knuckles world of naval diplomacy and warfare? This is no mere flight of fancy.

China unveils new H-6N bomber with extended range, extra capabilities

Global Times – China’s latest bomber, the H-6N with refueling capability, made its debut at the National Day parade in Beijing on Tuesday, and Chinese military analysts said that the new bomber’s ability to take aerial refueling can give it a much longer operational range compared to its predecessor H-6K.

China Showcases Stealthier Sharp Sword Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle Configuration

War Zone – The rear of the design on display during a parade to mark the 70th founding of Communist China is completely different from an earlier prototype.

China’s High-Speed Drone Is Rocket-Powered And All About Doing What Satellites Can’t

War Zone – The aircraft is designed to rapidly gather intel in contested areas by surprise and especially when key satellites are no longer operational.

Four Of The Biggest Revelations From China’s Massive 70th Anniversary Military Parade

War Zone – The spectacle in Tiananmen Square was full of previously unseen advanced Chinese military developments.

Chinese Sea Mines Are Threatening the U.S. Navy

National Interest – Chinese naval strategists want to push the United States Navy as far away as possible.

China Just Launched Its Huge And Incredibly Quickly Built Amphibious Assault Ship

War Zone – China’s first flattop amphibious assault ship will give the PLAN powerful new capabilities and a second example is already under construction.

China’s Reported Plan To Deploy Weaponless Stealth Drones On Its Carriers Make Perfect Sense

War Zone – It’s not about the weapons such a drone can carry, it’s about the targeting data it can reliably supply to far more powerful and longer-range weapons.

China launches first amphibious assault ship

Global Times – Type 075 to be deployed in landing missions, sends warning to Taiwan secessionists.

New Photos Point To Chinese Bomber Being Able To Carry Huge Anti-Ship Ballistic Missiles

War Zone – Pictures have emerged confirming that the newest variant of China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force’s Xian H-6 bomber, the H-6N, does indeed have a semi-recessed area with a hard point for a very large big under its fuselage. This is reportedly meant to accommodate an air-launched derivative of the DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missile giving the aircraft an impressive stand-off capability against large enemy warships, especially aircraft carriers.

What Does China Want with the Arctic?

National Interest – Hint: It isn’t just about defense and oil.

China Is Building Better ICBMs (And Hospital Ships)

National Interest – Beijing’s military is improving but so are its contributions to global problems like fighting Ebola or piracy.

PLA conducts joint land assault exercises near Taiwan

Global Times – The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) recently conducted a joint land assault exercise featuring multiple military branches near the island of Taiwan, which military experts said on Sunday shows the Chinese military is ready to unleash its full potential against Taiwan secessionist forces and intends to send a stern warning to countries that intervene in China’s internal affairs.

China to build warship for Thailand

Global Times – China and Thailand have signed a deal that will see a Chinese shipbuilding company build a Type 071E landing platform dock (LPD) warship for the Thai navy, a move which shows deepened arms trade cooperation between the two countries.

Navy sends its most capable combat ship on escort mission

China Daily – The Chinese Navy has decided to dispatch a Type 052D to take part in its latest escort mission. The CNS Xining, the fifth in the Type 052D class, is sailing toward the Gulf of Aden.

China Studies the Contours of the Gray Zone

National Interest – Beijing strategists go to school on Russian tactics in the Black Sea.

Yes, China Can Pummel U.S. Bases in Asia with Missiles

National Interest – A new report reinforces problems U.S. military strategists have been discussing for years when it comes to the rise of Chinese military power. So what do we do about it?

Don’t Believe China’s Commitment to Peace and Stability

National Interest – Let’s refuse to let the Chinese Communists of the world use linguistic shenanigans to disguise their intentions. Make them communicate clearly. Make them defend the indefensible frankly, and we might yet shame them into humane conduct.

China’s New Amphibious Assault Ship Is A Monster

War Zone – The vessels will give China a high-end amphibious assault capability that can be used both regionally and far from home.

Red Star Over the Pacific: A Conversation with James Holmes on China’s Maritime Rise

CIMSEC – CIMSEC had the opportunity to discuss the second edition of Red Star Over the Pacific with James Holmes, current J. C. Wylie Chair of Maritime Strategy at the U.S. Naval War College. In this conversation Holmes lays out how the theories of Alfred Thayer Mahan helped inform China’s maritime rise, how China built a formidable naval warfighting capability, and how the U.S. and its allies can more effectively deter China militarily.

China swings a small stick in the South China Sea

The Hill – It’s hard to drive China out of the headlines. Yet a dispute between Iran and Great Britain, each of which has seized a tanker ship belonging to the other, has managed it in recent weeks — eclipsing a running feud between Vietnam and China, whose ships have squared off at Vanguard Bank, the westernmost feature in the Spratly Islands. For all that, the South China Sea dispute entails consequences at least as severe as those in the Persian Gulf.

How the U.S. Could Lose a War With China

The Atlantic – It’s not that the Chinese Communist Party would take over Washington. But in its own region, China has the advantage.

PACOM: China Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile Tests a Signal to US, World

Washington Free Beacon – China recently conducted the first test of a new anti-ship ballistic missile, firing a salvo of six missiles into the South China Sea in a threatening message to the United States, the commander of the Indo-Pacific Command said Thursday.

The One-Eyed Man is King

USNI Blog – America’s Navy, You live in the land of the blind, comforted in the darkness by your weaponry, your history, and your hubris. You believe you understand the threat and that all your competitors in this new Great Power contest are enveloped in the same blinding fog of future war. But we are not equal: you are at a disadvantage in this game—you are beholden to a past age and must predict and anticipate changes as they proliferate and develop across a world system toeing the edge of collapse, as we rise on its demise.

China Likely Tested Missiles That Can Kill Aircraft Carriers in the South China Sea

National Interest – What does that mean for Asia? America’s allies? How can Washington push back?