Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Indian LCH looks better than WZ-10

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The military fans of the world appreciated the Indian LCH much than China’s WZ-10. That is because Indian LCH showed its elegance and advantages to the world with high profile, not like China’s WZ-10 keeps hiding and leaving many rumors behind it.

In the evening of March 29, 2010, a light combat helicopter made by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited successfully completed its first trial flight. During 20 minutes of the flight, the Indian media said, the LCH’s performance met the requirements.

The Indian light combat helicopter started to be developed in 2006, weighs about 5.5 tones, and features a certain ability to avoid radar detection. It can fly at a height of 6,500 meters and has a maximum range of about 700 km. Besides its advanced mission and weapon systems, its glass cockpit and nice shape makes it really enjoyable to the military fans from the world.

Please click the picture below to read the features of the LCH of India.Features of Indian LCH@peterpeng210.blogspot.com

Charity Better Than Police Cars

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Shanghai Expo is going to open in Shanghai of China from May 1 to October 31, 2010. Recently, Shanghai Police set a new regulation that people who buy kitchen knives in Shanghai during the Expo period have to leave their ID information to the knife stores for the police to put it on file.

Giving ID information to a shop for buying a kitchen knife there is unbelievable to some people in some region of the world, but it will really happen in Shanghai of China during the Shanghai Expo. To a certain extent it reflects some social crises at the bottom of the Chinese society.

On March 30, 2010, another piece of news attracted people’s eyeballs that 22 BMW Brand patrol cars were added into the team of Shanghai Police. The 22 BMW 530Li sedans were presented by the BMW Automobile Group to Shanghai Police for their duties during Shanghai Expo.

I do not think Shanghai Police lacked of 22 patrol cars before. The market price of a BMW 550Li car in China ranges from RMB410, 000 to RMB680, 000 (USD61, 194 to USD101, 492). Accordingly, the total value of the 22 BMW cars can be up to two million of U.S. dollars. To a society in which exists leaving ID data to a shop for buying a kitchen knife there, it would be much respectable if BMW had donated the car money in China to do something for the weak at the social bottom there.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

What is behind the Geely’s Acquisition of Volvo?

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China's Geely Holding Group signed a deal with Ford Motor Co. in Sweden on March 28 of 2010 to make an acquisition of the US auto giant's Volvo car unit for nearly $1.8 billion.

This acquisition of Volvo is actually one big step of China’s strategy on automobile development. The newspaper People’s Daily, which belongs to China’s central government, said Geely was not solo in the acquisition, and behind Geely there were domestic banks, local government, and even the support of the central government. The newspaper also said, more importantly the acquisition was backed by the world’s largest new car market in China.

In the past 30 years, China’s auto industry have established many joint ventures with many big auto giants in the world, but it has not helped Chinese auto joint ventures on mastering core technologies. This acquisition of Volvo is a new effective trial for China to gain auto core technologies by taking the advantages of the world’s sluggish car market and China’s huge new car market space.

Geely Holding Group, headquartered in Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province of China, is a major Chinese private automaker. The name of its Chairman of Board is Li Shufu. The group started to manufacture cars in 1998. Recently, it has several production bases and one automobile research institute in other cities of China with an annual output of 400,000 complete cars, 40 million car engines, and 40 million car transmission units. Except that a few of its cars went to middle east, only China’s domestic customers knew Geely’s cars before.

Monday, March 29, 2010

China’s drought and its worse ecosystem

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On March 24, 2010, the Ministry of China Civil Affairs said a drought has ravaged southwestern China since last autumn, affecting 61.3 million residents and 5 million hectares of crops in the five China’s southwest provinces Guizhou, Yunnan, Sichuan, Chongqing, and Guangxi.

The climate change of an area usually is associated with the change of the ecosystem there. To develop the economy, the drought-hit provinces in China have conducted large-scale cultivation on economic plantation, such as natural rubber woods, fresh flowers, rapeseed, sugar cane, tobacco, and tea, and built tens of thousands of hydropower reservoirs on rivers for decades. The over plantation has been excessively “pumping” water in the air and dropping the water tables underground, and the dams on rivers have disordered the natural distribution of the water in the region.

To alleviate the serious drought worst in a century, China has been using various methods including cloud seeding. Yesterday Chinese air force dispatched 17 transport aircrafts to conduct the cloud seeding that resulted in rain sweeping through Yunnan province over the weekend.

Although the rainfall brought by the cloud seeding can mitigate dry conditions and increase the soil moisture on farms for the time being. To solve the drought fundamentally, the protection on the ecosystem is the most priority China should consider and put strength on.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Best wishes and congratulation to my niece Jinyu Yang

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My niece Jinyu Yang 杨瑾瑜 is a beautiful, smart, and diligent girl. She has given herself a nickname “Children King” is because she loves her career as a teacher at a kindergarten of Shanghai, China. On March 27, 2010 she got married and held a wedding ceremony in Shanghai. As her uncle, I feel really happy of that. Wish the new couple of my niece happy and love each other forever.

Today, from the news I heard that Shanghai Bund in Shanghai of China completed its renovation and transformation on the same day of my niece Yang’s wedding ceremony, as if the city of Shanghai has been congratulating to the new couple of my niece with its new face to the world.

Shanghai is more meaningful in my mind from March 27,2010 on due to my niece Yang's wedding. Best wishes and congratulation to you, my niece Jinyu Yang 杨瑾瑜.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

2001 Hainan Island Incident seen by Chinese folks

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Background: On April 1, 2001, when an EP-3 spy plane was operating about 110km away from China’s Hainan Island, two J-8II fighters of Chinese air force intercepted it. The EP-3 unfortunately was collided with one of the J-8II and caused the death of Chinese pilot Lt. Cdr. Wang Wei. After the EP-3 was forced to make an emergency landing on Hainan Lingshui Airport of China, the 24 crewmembers on the U.S. spy plane were detained until U.S. government issued a letter of apology.

Now nine years almost has passed. What is the understanding of Chinese folks to the incident? Let us read the translated story below stemming from a Chinese web post:

Regarding the U.S. EP-3 was forced to land in Hainan after the collision, the truth is like this:
  
The wingman of Lt. Cdr. Wang Wei did a wrong thing after he saw the collision. He only saw Lt. Cdr. Wang bailed out and was parachuting down, but he did not specifically observe the location and wait to see whether Wang would successfully float on the sea, because he had to anxiously do another important thing in that moment.   
  
He immediately occupied the attack position behind the EP-3 and requested with radio the base to shoot down the U.S. aircraft. Due to much faster speed of his fighter, his aircraft overtook the EP-3 and then returned back to the attack position again while he was requesting the attack. After he received the negative reply, he found he had to turn back to the base because of residual fuel.

The mid-air collision plus two consecutive tail-bites from the Chinese fighter really scared the wits out of the U.S. crew. When seeing the Chinese fighter left with a U turn, the U.S. crew thought it was a signal that Chinese fighter ordered them to follow behind. To save their own lives, these aerial rescales who were later granted by U.S. government with titles of “U.S. heroes” mistakenly decided to follow the fighter flying towards Hainan, although the damage from the collision still allow them to fly the plane back to their own base, and although their U.S. command center repeatedly asked them to return back.

Due to the difference on speed, the U.S. EP-3 landed on the Chinese Lingshui airport 20 minutes after the landing of the Chinese J-8II fighter. During this flight, the U.S. aircraft strictly followed the flight track of the Chinese fighter, for fare of being shot down due to their disobedience. Due to the poor performance of the U.S. crew, Chinese therefore turned from the passive side to the initiative on dealing with the collision.

Before and after the landing, the U.S. crew did destroy some of the equipment, but it was easy to damage the console but not the core equipment buried behind it; it was easy to conduct a logical deletion but not a thorough physical one. U.S. crew recalled that they had refused Chinese personnel to board on the plane. In fact, while the Chinese soldiers guarding the airport were surrounding the plane, the U.S. personnel on board had already been frightened to death. They required in vague and poor Chinese a POW treatment from Chinese soldiers.

Because of the negotiations in those days for China’s accession to WTO, China was restricted to get a better result in the subsequent process of dealing with the incident. Finally, The Chinese military angrily demanded that the U.S. dismantled the EP-3 into pieces and shipped the wreckage back, just as same as or as if the Chinese side had shot down the EP-3.


Above is a translation from a part of the Chinese web post http://auto.daqi.com/article/2820291.html. Hope my readers will feel interested after reading it.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Brahmos, a new type of cruise missiles in the world

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Recently, a new type of cruise missiles called Brahmos is striding into Indian army and navy. Brahmos is mentioned as a new type of cruise missiles is because of its unique supersonic cruise-speed comparing with the subsonic speed of the other cruise missiles in the world.

General cruise missiles, such as U.S. Tomahawks, or China's Changjian-10s, only fly with a subsonic speed. This is because turbo-fan engines propel them, but not rocket engines used on Brahmos missiles.

Because of Brahmos’ supersonic speed (Mach 2.8), it is not easy to be intercepted by enemies’ anti-missile weapons, and its kinetic energy makes it much more powerful while it hits a target.

Brahmos missiles are produced by the BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited, which is a joint venture between India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Russia's NPO Mashinostroeyenia.

Brahmos has several models, such as ship-launched, air-launched, and land-launched. The only disadvantage of a Brahmos missile is it has only a range of 290km, which is less than 1/3 of that of a general cruise missile. That is because the rocket engine on the Brahmos is much fuel consuming than a turbo-fan engine equipped on a general cruise missile.

Nowadays India and Russia are trying to develop Brahmos into Brahmos-2, which will have a cruise speed of Mach 5.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

U.S. is going towards a war against China

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More and more people believe that China’s trade surplus to U.S. is mainly caused by U.S. restrictions on exporting high-tech products to China due to China’s unpopular political system. Due to the existing Chinese political system, it is impossible for U.S. to move away these trade restrictions. By this trend, China’s development will inevitably more and more impair U.S. interests. The analysts believe that the only and final way for U.S. to solve this problem will be a war to China to find back U.S. interests.

These days, the China Development Forum 2010 is running in Beijing with a theme of "China and the World Economy: Growth, Restructuring and Cooperation". To the US Treasury Department is to decide whether to label China as a currency manipulator in a semiannual report to the Congress next month, Chinese Foreign Trade Minister Chen Deming warned “China will not sit back and turn a blind eye if there is any sanction after the United States names China as a currency manipulator.”

According to his speech, while China's trade to neighboring countries was in deficit of more than 1200 billion U.S. dollars last year, China's trades to Latin America and the 58 least developed countries were also in deficit. He said, China's major trade surplus is facing the United States, and that is because U.S. has set export restrictions to China on dozens of varieties of major trading categories, such as computer, civil aviation and aerospace technology, CNC machine tools.

To radically protect U.S. interests while confronting China, analysts believe, U.S. has been preparing a war against China. The timing of this war would be at the point of Taiwan’s declaration of its independence. At that time, China would have to use military to attack Taiwan due to China’s Anti-Secession Law. According to The Taiwan Relations Act, U.S. would use this chance to launch its attack to China under the excuse of protecting the democracy of Taiwan.

The analysts believe this timing of war to China would benefit U.S. at least in three aspects: First, The Taiwan Relations Act would let U.S. government have its proper explanation to its domestic people. Second, U.S. could use the excuse of protecting democracy of Taiwan to gather its friendly countries together to fight China. Third, Taiwan could also be used on both political and military purposes.

Whether this war would save Taiwan and topple the Chinese communist government or not, the analysts believe that Tibet and Xinjiang Uygur would go into chaos or independence under the support of the invaded U.S. army from Afghanistan, and China's industries and infrastructure would be ruined. A rather-stable, integrated, and economically booming China would not exist in the aftermath of the war.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Taiwan actually needs F-35B fighters, not F-16 C/Ds

An F-35B is vertically landing
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To protect Taiwan, only F-35B fighters are the right choice for Taiwan air force, but not F-16 C/D fighters.

March 18, Lockheed Martin announced in a statement that an F-35B-type stealth fighter successfully implemented vertical landing in Patuxent River Naval Air Force base, Maryland.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency said in its evaluation report to the Congress that Taiwan has about 400 aircraft in service, but only a few have actual combat capability.

According to this report, Taiwan's existing 60 U.S. F-5 fighter jets, only about half could play a role. The range and the combat capability of the 126 IDF "Ching-kuo" fighters are insufficient. As the 56 French "Mirage" 2000-5 fighters, the report said, although they have advanced features, the cost for their repairs is high, and the repairs are affecting by lacking of vital parts. The report also pointed out that Taiwan's air force now has 146 F16 A/B fighters, and they are also waiting to be upgraded.

Since 2006, Taiwan has had intention to purchase 66 F-16 C/D fighters. Due to the pressure from Beijing, the Pentagon has not approved this arm sale to Taiwan till now.

As we know, Taiwan is so geographically close to the mainland of China. If it were under the attack from China, the runways of Taiwan’s fighters would be the first targets of China’s missiles and rockets. The advanced F-16 C/Ds may not find a way to take off in such situation. On this point of view, Taiwan needs actually the F-35B stealth fighters with vertical take-off and landing capabilities.

Because it is so difficult for Taiwan to get F16 C/D fighters from U.S., maybe people will ask, is it possible for Taiwan to get F-35B fighters?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Girls to Fly Advanced Fighters in China


In April of 2010, the sixteen girl-pilots of Chinese air force will say good-bye to their K-8 Karakorum trainers and begin to fly advanced fighters in China.

The sixteen girls are the 8th batch of female pilots trained by the Chinese air force and the first batch of female pilots trained for flying fighters in China. They have enlisted in 2005 and are praised by Chinese people as “Thunder-roses”. On April 2, 2009, they completed their 44-month training and were granted the ranks of lieutenant in the Chinese air force. Among these girls, the oldest one is 25 year-old, and the youngest one is 22.

On October 1, 2009, a military parade to celebrate the 60th anniversary of China was held on Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China. The sixteen female-pilots roared over the square that day by flying K-8 trainers. It was unprecedented in the Chinese history as the media said.