first published on June 30, 2016 by Will
There are those that believe that this century will belong to the Chinese, like the last century belonged to the US, and the one before belonged to the British. It really makes sense when you think about it.
Militarily, China is a force to be reckoned with. With a staggering population of nearly 1.4 billion people, 600 million of which are able-bodied personnel, facing them in a conventional war of attrition would be quite an undertaking.
With around 10,000 tanks, 5,000 armored fighting vehicles, and roughly another 10,000 artillery and rocket units, China’s existing land force is formidable. That may not seem like much in comparison to the US, but going back to China’s manpower, as well as their natural resources and oil reserves, they could easily begin cranking out loads of war machines in very little time.
China has roughly 3,000 military aircraft currently operational. Again, that may not seem like a lot, but it wouldn’t take much for those numbers to multiply. While many will argue that organically produced Chinese jet engines and other military hardware are inferior to that Western nations due to their non-competitive commie nature, it’s obvious that China is really good at stealing others’ technology. With the money China saves on research and development through espionage, they can afford to churn out cheaper counterfeits that are extremely effective in function.
China’s navy is no less impressive. Though they only have one aircraft carrier in operation, there are more on the way. In the meantime, their ever expanding collection of artificial islands in disputed waters, complete with airstrips and air defense systems, will fill that niche until those carriers arrive.