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Russia Promises Weapons to China to Destroy U.S. Navy

Thursday, 16 November 2000 12:00 AM

According to the Hong Kong TaiYang Pao, Red China’s military brass are developing a new five-year plan to enable the People's Liberation Armed Forces [PLA] to have "the strength to win a high-tech war against intervening foreign [U.S.] military forces while force is used against Taiwan," along with "the capability to counter-attack the hegemonist [U.S.] military forces, including the nuclear weapons capability."

The new PLA air force five-year plan includes reliance on Russia’s supplying Beijing with Russian-designed Sukhoi fighter aircraft as the mainstay of a total inventory of 2,200 new and upgraded aircraft, according to the prestigious American Foreign Policy Council, which closely monitors China’s military establishment.

The plan calls for the building of several strategic airports and 120 mobile anti-aircraft radar stations. One-third of the Sukhoi aircraft will come from Russia, one-third will be assembled in China using Russian parts, and another third will be built in China using Russian technology and production-line equipment.

During a visit to Beijing, Russian Premier Mikhail Kasayanov put the finishing touches on several military technology contracts expected to be signed next month during the Russia-China Bilateral Commission on Military-Technical Cooperation meeting, according to Nezavisimaya gazeta.

To be supplied are various types of 3-dimensional radar systems, Shtil ship-based anti-aircraft missile systems, electronic warfare systems, Ka-28 anti-submarine warfare helicopters and Ka-27 ship-based helicopters.

The Russian also promised that China would be able to "count on a positive decision by Russia" to provide reconnaissance satellite information on strategic military facilities in Taiwan.

According to Agence France-Presse, at a prominent Zuhai air show China displayed the model of a new aircraft-delivered supersonic missile, which poses a grave threat to Taiwan.

"It's a brand new anti-ship or anti-radar missile, which could have considerable range," said Richard Fisher of the U.S.-based Jamestown Foundation.

"This is the first confirmation that this type of program is alive and making progress."

Fisher said that because the missile is supersonic, it could not be destroyed in flight. It appears primarily to be aimed at destroying radar systems and can easily traverse the Taiwan Strait.

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