Terrifying Chengdu?

As U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrives in the PRC, all manner of speculation is focusing on a “stealth jet fighter” currently in Chengdu, Sichuan province, as described in this Wall Street Journal story. (Hat tip to Robert Lopez at Sichuan University.)  Not to be outdone by the Air Force, the army headquarters in Chengdu decided to run some major combat drills over the weekend … Continue reading Terrifying Chengdu?

Netizens Debate Prospect of PLA Invasion of North Korea

This thread on the Huanqiu Shibao/Global Times BBS, was started this past June and continues to rack up interesting comments responding to unspecified reports from the U.S. (or just representing presumed American thinking) about the “Nine Big Reasons China Could Not Send Troops to North Korea.” With more than 120,000 views, it is far and away the most widely read of the current threads on … Continue reading Netizens Debate Prospect of PLA Invasion of North Korea

Pyongyang to Honored Chinese Guests: Thanks for Leaving!

It’s a fairly unusual day at the Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang when they have to emphasize that a large delegation of Chinese leaders are leaving the country. Pyongyang, November 26 (KCNA) — Col. General Liang Guanglie, minister of National Defense who doubles as a state councilor of the People’s Republic of China, flew back home Thursday. Leaving with him were Col. General Huang … Continue reading Pyongyang to Honored Chinese Guests: Thanks for Leaving!

Reports of North Korean Chemical Weapons Wafting into Chinese Dandong

[post updated October 11, 1:57 a.m. Pacific Standard Time] The Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun reports that potentially dangerous concentrations of sarin gas, a deadly nerve agent used most infamously in the First World War, was detected along the Chinese-North Korean border.  While the detection took place in November 2008 and February 2009, the story only broke yesterday as the result of PLA sources talking to … Continue reading Reports of North Korean Chemical Weapons Wafting into Chinese Dandong