China’s former missile commander Lt. Gen. Wei Fenghe has been appointed as country’s new Defense Minister, amid concerns over the goals of rapid military modernization.
Wei named as the international face of China’s military, was among a series of appointments by the ceremonial legislature on the penultimate day of its annual session on Monday, AP reports.
As defense minister, Wei is outranked by President Xi Jinping, who is also chairman of the Central Military Commission, and two vice chairmen, but will be the main interface between China’s 2 million-member armed forces and the rest of the world’s militaries.
Wei was named head of the 2nd Artillery in 2012, then remained head of the missile command after it was renamed the Rocket Force in 2016 amid a reorganization of military units.
The head of the U.S. Strategic Command considers China’s ballistic missile program the world’s "most active and diverse.” It includes a range of short- and intermediate-range missile aimed at Taiwan, as well as road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missiles targeting the U.S. and its allies.
China is preparing to commence research on a sixth-generation fighter aircraft from experience gained in the developing the fifth-generation J-20 stealth jet, its most modern fighter to date. The J-20 stealth fighter jet will be given more capabilities than merely penetrating an enemy's air defense networks, according to its chief designer, Yang Wei, a deputy director at Aviation Industry Corp of China and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
The world's largest amphibious aircraft, China-made AG600 will conduct its first water take-off in the winter of 2018. The take off- from water is scheduled for winter this year at the Zhanghe Reservoir in Jingmen, Central China's Hubei Province, local news agency jingmen
China has seen an increase of over 70 percent in its defense exports from 2012 to 2016 when compared to 2007-2011 overtaking Germany, France and the UK during the time. According to Chinese PLA Army run media publication, Chinamil, Barter trade and flexible payment terms have helped China to become the third largest weapon supplier in the world
China's defense budget in 2018 will be 1.1069 trillion yuan ($174
Recent footage released by Chinese TV broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) revealed new indigenously-built unmanned tank, a Type 59 tank, undergoing testing at an unidentified location in China. The Type 59 tank, the first medium-sized tank that China produced in bulk, has a relatively long service life
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