According to a new study, China’s military has substantially closed the gap with western nations, and may be near parity with the United States.
The study was conducted by the International Institute for Strategic Studies and lays out some points that will certainly become controversial the more they are discussed.
Here is what Dr. John Chipman, the Chief Executive of IISS said about the study:
“Western military technological superiority, once taken for granted, is increasingly challenged. We now judge that in some capability areas, particularly in the air domain, China appears to be reaching near-parity with the West.”
This study contrasts with the conventional wisdom that states America has many more years of relatively unchallenged military dominance ahead.
The IISS study says China has made big investments in domestic research and development, building advanced cruisers, destroyers, and upgrading other ships.
China has also reportedly made huge advances when it comes to military aircraft. Their new J-20 and J-31 fighters are not considered as good as the F-22 or F-35, but they have apparently been paired with a new air-to-air missile more advanced than anything developed in the west.
A wake-up call for the west
The western world should strive for a productive relationship with China. But we should not be fooled. China is not our friend. Their treatment of their own people, and their system of government goes against many of our values.
The IISS report is a wake-up call that China is playing for keeps, and has no intention of being weak and powerless in the 21st century. In response, the nations of the west must maintain and increase our own strength, investing in our national defence to ensure that China never gains an insurmountable advantage.
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