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China now has more ships of war than the USA

upgraded Everywhere – but especially in China: the latest report of the International Institute for Strategic studies (IISS). He paints a threatening picture. The situation was perhaps even more tense than 60 years ago, when it published its report for the first Time, writes the IISS. At the time of the launch of the satellites Sputnik had led the West not just the technological equal of the Soviet Union; the Americans forced their missile program, the Cold war was really launched.

Today, there is talk of a new Cold war. The showdown will not take place but only between the USA and Russia. With China, a new Player has moved into the focus of attention. The country is upgrading according to the IISS very quickly and effectively. In many areas, Beijing has left even Moscow behind and competes directly with Washington.

Today, Beijing is to Washington the most money for weapons, even if it is still significantly less: The USA have invested last year to 643 billion dollars in the defense, China is relatively modest 168 billion. But this is twice as much as Saudi Arabia paid the is on place three. And almost three times as much as Russia, which comes with 63 billion to the fourth rank.

Although the US has spent in 2018 after years of decline for the first time again more for your military. China is screwed, but spending his armor for years, solid to the top. Between 2011 and 2018, this rose to more than 78 billion, or 87 percent.

China's air force is due to the investments continuously to better. The military intelligence service of the United States believed that the Chinese have used with the Chengdu J-20, most recently, her first combat aircraft with stealth technology operational. In the near future, even the medium bombers of the type Xian H-6 will be replaced by new models.

Impressive is the pace of modernization of the Chinese Navy. This has, in the meantime, more ships of war than the US army. In the last year, several big built Chinese destroyers, the Americans, it was only one. Soon, China will also have two aircraft carriers. So far only one, the Liaoning, was overhauled recently and modified.

All eyes on the boss: Chinese President Xi Jinping in the midst of Marines. Photo: Keystone

But it's not just the big ones, smaller, but innovative weapons, China is at the forefront of Armed drones, with a range of several Thousand kilometers. Over 30 countries have today, beyond all disarmament treaties on such weapons, which come from just three countries: USA, Israel, or China.

Overall, the US produces by far the most. A big part of it but it is light drones, used for reconnaissance. In the case of heavy drones, which can also be used with missiles and precision weapons equipped, is China almost on a par with the United States. Only Israel has more such weapons.

China's rocket is another Problem. According to experts at the Munich security conference, up to 95 percent of all missiles and Cruise would be banned in most of the Missiles, if the INF would apply to the contract for China, in Europe, land-based intermediate-range missile bans. Including virtually all of the missiles that threaten Taiwan, the us would probably be. Also, 85 percent of the launchers would have to be dismantled.

the Chinese have a new missile agreement include, according to observers, however, unrealistic. For China, disarmament is a matter of the two large nuclear powers-the USA and Russia. And they have announced the INF Treaty, straight up. "A new era of competition between the big powers has come," warns the IISS. Also in Washington was convinced by now that Beijing has become the biggest competitors.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 18.02.2019, 20:34 PM

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