Why China’s Lack of Experience Could Doom It in a War

What might happen?

by David Axe Follow @daxe on TwitterL | The National Interest

Key point: Having good technology is one thing, but gaining battlefield-earned experience is another.

The Chinese military has almost no combat experience, analyst Timothy Heath wrote for the California think-tank RAND.… Read more

Just Look At The Korean War: Fighting China Is A Terrible Idea

And it would be worse today.

by Robert Farley Follow drfarls on TwitterL | The National Interest

Key point: There was nothing good about the last Sino-American War, not even the “peace” that resulted from it.

In November 1950, China and the United States went to war.… Read more

China Would Rather You Forget Their Losing a War Against Vietnam

In 1979 the PLA didn’t live up to expectations.

by Charlie Gao | The National Interest

Key Point: The PLA was able to use 1979 as a testing ground for military reforms.

Chinese operations against Vietnam in the 1980s are often divided into four phases.… Read more

China’s Challenge to America’s Political and Economic Liberal Order

American apathy in world affairs may be the silver bullet that hands-off systemic leadership to the Chinese. With growing structural capacities, China is able to propagate a new means of conducting world politics, one of a distinctly authoritarian variant.

by Farah N.Read more

China tried to threaten Taiwan by weaponizing tourism, but it didn’t work

By Isabella Steger | QUARTZ

Last year, China upped the ante against Taiwan and used an array of measures to try to bring its government to heel. It boycotted a prestigious film festival in Taiwan, enticed more countries to break diplomatic ties with Taipei, and once again restricted the number of visitors from the mainland.… Read more

As China’s Xi visits Myanmar, ethnic groups rue ‘disrespectful’ investment

By Sam Aung Moon | Reuters

MYITKYINA, Myanmar (Reuters) – The streets of Myanmar’s capital Naypyitaw were festooned with banners celebrating 70 years of Myanmar-China relations ahead of the arrival of President Xi Jinping on Friday for his first visit to the Southeast Asian nation as China’s leader.… Read more

Experts warn over scale of China virus as US airports start screening

By AFP

The outbreak centred around a seafood market in the central city of Wuhan (AFP Photo/Noel Celis)

Hong Kong (AFP) – The true scale of the outbreak of a mysterious SARS-like virus in China is likely far bigger than officially reported, scientists have warned, as countries ramp up measures to prevent the disease from spreading.… Read more

The Five Best U.S. Fighter Aircraft of All Time

Let the debate begin: America’s best weapons of war in the air. 

by Michael Peck | The National Interest

What qualities make a great fighter aircraft? Speed or maneuverability? Armament or ruggedness? How many enemies it shot down, or how often it managed to avoid being shot down?… Read more

World War II Has Wise Lessons for the F-35 and F-22

There’s a lot to learn in history.

by Sebastien Roblin | The National Interest

Key Point: The U.S. Air Force needs to relearn hit and run tactics.

In Len Deighton’s book Fighter, he describes the tactics used by the outnumbered English fighter pilots defending against German Luftwaffe bombers in the Battle of Britain:

The professional fighter pilot gained height as quickly as he was permitted, and treasured possession of that benefit.Read more

Medical Student Arrested, Held Without Bail After Alleged Attempt to Smuggle Cancer Research to China

By Associated Press | Time

(BOSTON) — A medical student from China who U.S. authorities say tried to smuggle cancer research material taken from a Boston hospital out of the country has been held without bail by a judge who ruled he was a flight risk.… Read more