Hundreds Russian Experts Helping China Develop Fighter Jets


There has been rumor in Chinese Internet that Russian President Putin is unhappy that Russian experts are helping China develop sixth-generation fighter jets and asked them to return Russia times and again.

Sergey Sanakoev, Chairman of Russian-Chinese Center for trade and economic cooperation, says at Tsrus.cn website that if Russian President wants the Russian aviation experts back, the only thing he has to do is but making a phone call. Given the extent of Russia-China cooperation, it is impossible for such conflict to take place. According to him, Russian and Chinese aviation companies have been cooperating for quite a few years. There have been hundreds of Russian people working in Chinese enterprises with Russian government approval.

Russian military expert Alexey Lesukov also doubts the rumor. According to him Russia and China have begun cooperation long ago in developing fifth-generation fighter jets and the cooperation is formal and legitimate.

Source: Global Times “Putin unhappy that experts are helping China develop fighter jets? Russian media: Allegation entirely groundless” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)

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Chinese, Vietnamese Communist parties have ‘shared destiny’: Beijing


BEIJING (Reuters) – China and Vietnam’s Communist parties have a “shared destiny” and there is great potential for bilateral economic cooperation, a senior Beijing official said on Tuesday on a visit to Vietnam, which has clashed with China over the South China Sea.

Although both nations are under Communist rule, they are deeply suspicious of each other and relations have been strained over the past few years because of disputes in the strategic South China Sea.

China has appeared uneasy at Vietnamese efforts to rally Southeast Asian countries over the busy swathe of sea as well as at its neighbor’s growing defense ties with the United States, Japan and India.

In July, under pressure from Beijing, Vietnam suspended oil drilling in offshore waters that are also claimed by China.

However, Hanoi and Beijing have also tried to prevent tensions from getting out of control, and senior officials from two countries make fairly regular visits to each other.

Liu Yunshan, a member of the Chinese Communist Party’s elite Standing Committee that runs the country, told Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Hanoi, in the first such high level visit since relations deteriorated in July, that the two parties “constitute a community of shared destiny with strategic significance”, China’s official Xinhua news agency reported.

“The sound and stable development of the bilateral ties will help to solidify the ruling position of the two parties, which is in the interests of the two parties and people of the two nations,” Xinhua cited Liu as saying.

“The two economies are highly complementary, with huge potential for practical cooperation,” the report quoted him as saying.

Phuc told Liu that two countries should strive to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea and avoid all activities that could increase tension, the Vietnamese government news website reported.

He also urged China to “have substantial discussions soon” with Southeast Asian nations to reach a code of conduct in the disputed sea, the report said.

While both the Chinese and Vietnamese reports made no direction mention of the South China Sea by Liu, they quoted him as suggesting the two countries “properly manage and control their divergences, so as to create favorable environment for bilateral cooperation”.

China claims nearly all the South China Sea, through which an estimated $3 trillion in international trade passes each year. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan also have claims.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard in Beijing; Additional reporting by Mai Nguyen in Hanoi; Editing by Michael Perry/Mark Heinrich

Source: Reuters “Chinese, Vietnamese Communist parties have ‘shared destiny’: Beijing”

Note: This is Reuters’ report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views.


China to amend party constitution at October congress


A man rides an electric scooter past a poster, promoting the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in Shanghai, China September 14, 2017. REUTERS/Aly Song

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s ruling Communist Party is expected to amend its constitution at a key party congress next month, state media said on Monday, in a sign that President Xi Jinping aims to enshrine his guiding ideological doctrine in the charter.
Since assuming office almost five years ago, Xi has rapidly consolidated power, with moves such as heading a group leading economic reform and appointing himself military commander-in-chief, although as head of the Central Military Commission he already controls the armed forces.

The Politburo, one of the party’s elite ruling bodies, deliberated a draft amendment to the constitution to be discussed at the congress that would include “major theoretical viewpoints and major strategic thought”, the official Xinhua news agency said.

While the Xinhua report did not elaborate, a key measure of Xi’s power will be whether he manages to have his name “crowned” in the constitution, elevating him to the level of previous leaders exemplified by Mao Zedong Thought and Deng Xiaoping Theory.

Xi’s more recent predecessors, Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao, both had the party constitution amended to include their guiding thoughts, but without their names directly attached.

Jiang has his “Three Represents,” which embraced private entrepreneurs, written in, while Hu, Xi’s immediate predecessor, had his economic doctrine of “scientific development” included.

The party has been pushing Xi’s “Four Comprehensives,” which refer to China working “comprehensively” to build a moderately prosperous society and strengthen reforms, rule of law and party discipline, but it is not clear yet what wording could be put into the constitution to reflect Xi’s thought.

“Amending the constitution at the 19th CPC National Congress on the basis of the new situation and tasks would promote the development of socialism with Chinese characteristics and Party building,” Xinhua said.

“The amendments should include the key theories and strategic thoughts presented by a work report” at the start of the congress, which opens on Oct. 18, it added.

The amended constitution should fully represent the latest “sinicisation” of Marxism, new governance concepts and “the fresh experiences in adhering to, and strengthening, Party leadership, and in strict Party governance”, Xinhua said.

“The amendment should make the Communist Party more vigorous, stronger and enable it to keep a close connection with the people.”

The draft amendment will be submitted on Oct. 11 to a party plenary meeting, it added, a smaller scale gathering of about 200 of the most senior leaders to finalize the agenda for the congress.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard and Philip Wen; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

Source: Reuters “China to amend party constitution at October congress”

Note: This is Reuters’ report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views.


China’s New GPS Rival Satellites 10 Times More Accurate Than US GPS


A model of the Beidou satellite navigation system is seen at an exhibition in Beijing. Its deputy chief designer said the new satellites would be 10 times more accurate than existing models. Photo: Handout.

SCMP says in its report “China to launch new GPS rival satellites ‘accurate to within millimetres’, website says” on September 13, “China plans to launch its most powerful positioning and navigational satellites later this month, according to an aerospace website, with their makers claiming the technology is accurate to within millimetres.

“Two Beidou-3 satellites are expected to be launched on September 29, the website 91fly.cn reported, with developers saying the system was 10 times more precise than GPS.”

Beidou-2 as accurate as US GPS is now operating to cover an area consisting of China and its nearby areas but Beidou-3 schedule to operate by 2020 will cover the whole world.

There shall be more than 30 new satellites for Beidou-3, more than a dozen of them have to be launched before Beidou-3 can come into operation. There have been reports that four more new Beidou satellites shall be launched this year including the two that will soon be launched.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on SCMP’s report, full text of which can be found at http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2111058/china-launch-new-gps-rival-satellites-accurate-within-millimetres.


China Leaps beyond the US with First Electric Drive on Submarine


Warship Medium-Voltage Integrated DC Power System
Conventional warship propulsion generally uses mechanical system, which is complicated and inflexible with substantial vibration and noise. The power and mechanical systems are separated from each other so that it cannot meet the power needs of high-energy weapons and thus seriously restricts a warship’s combat technological functions.

In its article titled “China attempting to leap beyond current US technology with first electric drive on a military submarine” on June 4, nextBIGfuture qiuotes Rear Admiral Ma Weiming, China’s top naval engineer in charge of the development of multiple Chinese naval electromagnetic programs, as saying that the Chinese navy is adding a “shaftless” rim-driven pumpjet, a revolutionary and silent propulsion system to their newest attack submarine, the Type 095 SSN.

The articles says, “Previous submarine pumpjets are “shrouded propellers,” which consist of a tubular nozzle covering the propeller. By removing the shaft of the propeller, the reduction in the number of moving parts decreases the noise made by the pumpjet, as well as saving hull space. Smaller civilian rim driven electric pumpjets are easier to maintain, and have less cavitation (bubbles that form during propeller movement), which make them even more quiet.”

According to it, US company Westinghouse tried to develop that technology but gave up in 1960s. Now the US and UK have tried to use the technology but have no plan to use it in their next generation submarines.

That is why it says in its title that China is “to leap beyond current US technology”.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on nextBIGfuture’s article, full text of which can be viewed at https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/06/china-attempting-to-leap-beyond-current-us-submarine-technology-by-installing-first-electric-drive-on-a-military-submarine.html.


Lockheed Test Pilot Says J-20 Narrows Stealth Tech Gap with the US


Current Lockheed test pilot says China J-20 stealth fighter will outclass US fourth gen fighters and threaten carrier groups as China narrows stealth tech gap

brian wang | September 26, 2016

Nate “Buster” Jaros is a retired USAF fighter pilot with over 2,000 hours in F-16 C/D/CM and T-38A/C aircraft and over 500 hours in General Aviation aircraft. He is currently a Test Pilot, Instructor Pilot, and LO SME with Lockheed Martin Skunkworks.

Nate provides a detailed review of China J-20 stealth fighter.

Several other analysts have said that the J-20 is not a fifth generation fighter.

Nate says China will have a fifth generation fighter, and its development of the J-20 (amongst other fifth gen platforms) is significant.

* the J-20 is also called the Black Eagle
* the J-20 looks kind of like an F-22 Raptor
* It basically is a copy as China stole TERAbytes of F-35 data and they pieced together the basic tenets of stealth technology and apply them to its modern aircraft designs.
* the J-20 is that it is a single seat, twin engine, canard/delta design, stealthy fighter platform. There are just four copies being tested right now, with fully operational fighters predicted to be ready by 2018.

The Black Eagle has two Saturn AL-31 engines producing about 30,000 lbs of thrust each. With the possibility of more powerful Xian WS-15 engines currently in development, those are speculated to produce 44,000 lbs of thrust each. The F-22 has roughly 35,000 lbs of thrust per engine.

New engines will make the J-20 better in a dogfight.

It is predicted that the J-20 will carry four to six long range missiles and possibly two short range heat-seeking missiles as well, all inside internal bays. Very ‘Raptor-like.’ The F-22 carries six long range missiles and two heat-seeking missiles, and air-to-ground options too. The Raptor also has a gun, the J-20 does not…we think.

Researchers speculate that the J-20 will have similar performance and agility as a Raptor, some think it will be a fighter/bomber only. Nate believes the J-20 will be more of a “night one” strike asset, with the ability to quickly penetrate enemy defenses, deliver weapons, and safely retreat. It’s not going to be an overly capable dogfighter.

The Black Eagle will be China’s best plane. It will be able to sneak in and deliver some crippling blows to any nearby adversary.

Armed with capable air-to-air missiles, and pilots trained in LO tactics, it’s enough the outclass any US fourth generation fighter while BVR (Beyond Visual Range) or provide highly capable strike and standoff to China’s leaders.

SOURCE- Fighter Sweep

Source: nextBIGfuture “Current Lockheed test pilot says China J-20 stealth fighter will outclass US fourth gen fighters and threaten carrier groups as China narrows stealth tech gap”

Note: This is nextBIGfuture’s article I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the article’s views.


China electrifies global auto markets – China in the driver’s seat on electric vehicles


China electrifies auto market

By Kaiser Kuo (Kaiser Kuo is co-founder of the Sinica Podcast and editor-at-large of SupChina)

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has announced plans to end the production and sale of fossil-fuel-burning vehicles. Although the end of gas-burning cars is still a ways down the road — 2040 is the year that France and the U.K. have set for completing the phase-out, with China likely to aim for that same year — the announcement has given the share prices of leading domestic electric car makers like BYD, famously backed by Warren Buffett, and battery makers like Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium a real jolt.

In June, when the MIIT set aggressive quotas on new energy vehicle (NEV) production for all automakers in China, foreign automakers freaked out, with many looking to get in bed with domestic automakers with larger NEV capacity, the New York Times reports (paywall). New regulations nominally require up to 10 percent of all cars sold in China to be NEVs as early as next year, though a system of credits will allow carmakers without that kind of electric vehicle capacity some time to adjust.

The policy makes eminent sense: The world’s largest automotive market is also the world’s largest carbon emitter, and the market’s reaction to the MIIT’s announcement reassures Beijing that the industry will respond to its policy guidance, and reinforces China’s confidence that it will quickly become the make-or-break market for NEVs, smart cars, and self-driving vehicles.

Source: SupChina “China electrifies global auto markets – China in the driver’s seat on electric vehicles”

Note: This is SupChina’s report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views