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    Quote Originally Posted by bdw:
    China's first Type 003 aircraft carrier should be ready for launch in 3-6 months. Hull complete, flight deck fully enclosed, control tower island fitted, catapults for launching aircraft progressing rapidly, just a few loose ends to take care of and then ready to go.

    https://www.news.com.au/technology/i...d24104dcc14981
    Ok, that article is over-hyping. In terms of aircraft carriers, China is still WAY behind the US in terms of the number of ships, the number of aircraft Chinese carriers can carry, the capability of Chinese carrier-borne fighters and the skill and competence of the Chinese naval aviators.

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    The actual role of aircraft carriers in the post-modern World War III is very low, because they can easily become a huge target at sea.


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    https://www.ft.com/content/875f6d2d-...c-64f987481cf8

    This is in the news this month, and it's another strange move by China lately. China has blocked public access to shipping location data, citing national security concerns and their reasoning is to protect private data, but that's really far-fetched.

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    Looks highly likely Russia will take Ukraine. If I was China I would take Taiwan simultaneously (or shortly thereafter)

    America is too weak to protect its allies, especially on multiple fronts


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tandy:
    Looks highly likely Russia will take Ukraine. If I was China I would take Taiwan simultaneously (or shortly thereafter)

    America is too weak to protect its allies, especially on multiple fronts
    Don't think either will happen at least in the next few years

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tandy:
    America is too weak to protect its allies, especially on multiple fronts
    You mean Biden, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBrit:
    You mean Biden, right?
    You mean Biden without his aviator glasses, right?

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    Quietly the Philippines has been developing some sort of military outside of an infantry. Navy ships (two more just ordered), jet fighters, dozens of attack helicopters, surface to air and ship to ship missiles. Not a lot but when previous governments had spent nothing for decades it is a big jump. Now who could it be aimed at defending against?

    https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-p...ln-2022-01-15/


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    Quote Originally Posted by hullexile:
    Quietly the Philippines has been developing some sort of military outside of an infantry. Navy ships (two more just ordered), jet fighters, dozens of attack helicopters, surface to air and ship to ship missiles. Not a lot but when previous governments had spent nothing for decades it is a big jump. Now who could it be aimed at defending against?

    https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-p...ln-2022-01-15/
    Drug addicts?

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