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If the military threat of China was as great as its claims, Hong Kong, Mongolia, Taiwan, Tibet, and the Arunachal Pradesh region of India would not continue to pose such political problems for the country. Nearby countries like Japan and North and South Korea would have far more to fear than at present. The fact that China’s various geopolitical problems haven’t simply been crushed through military strength, and then brutally suppressed, speaks far more about the current state of the Chinese military than any claims from within China.
Originally posted by ZIVONIC
We wont know until they fight an actual war.
While Chinese carriers could challenge U.S. naval supremacy in Asia, China still has far to go in bringing such systems into play, experts said. The U.S. operates 11 aircraft carrier battle groups and its carriers are far bigger and more advanced.
The former Soviet Union started building the carrier, which it called the Varyag, but never finished it. When the Soviet Union collapsed, the carrier ended up in the hands of the Ukraine, a former Soviet republic.
China bought the ship from the Ukraine in 1998 and spent years refurbishing it. It had no engines, weaponry or navigation systems when China acquired it.
Originally posted by emberscott
There is only one way to find out how effective the chinese military is and that is to attack china.