China To Buy ‘Unlimited’ Amount Of Military Radar Equipment, Technology From UK

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China To Buy ‘Unlimited’ Amount Of Military Radar Equipment, Technology From UK

Soldiers of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) march during a military parade to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the army at the Zhurihe military training base in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China, July 30, 2017.

A British defense company was allowed to supply an unlimited quantity of goods to China’s military, including airborne radar technology likely to be used by the People’s Liberation Army’s Air Force.

The supplier hasn’t been named, but the “open individual export license” was provided in April, according to information from Britain’s Department for International Trade. This happened two months after British Prime Minister Theresa May visited Beijing.

As reported by the South China Morning Post, previous deals between the UK and China were capped by amount and value. Under this new agreement, the supplier can “export an unlimited quantity of goods”, including equipment, components, software and technology for military radar systems, the department said.

Its strategic export control database described the equipment covered by the licence as “target acquisition, weapon control and countermeasure systems” for “aircraft, helicopters and drones”.

“It’s potentially a big license, and it does say the end user is the air force,” said Andrew Smith, a spokesman for the London-based NGO Campaign Against Arms Trade, cited by SCMP.

Usually such licenses are usually valid for 5 or 10 years, “the values are never published, so the figure could be very high,” Smith said.

China also buys equipment from other European countries. “Almost all the other big arms exporters do exactly the same,” Smith said.

The British trade department refused comment on the deal.

This is of significance in light of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s call to the military region that monitors the South China Sea and Taiwan to “prepare for war,” on October 25th.

Xi ordered the military region to assess the situation it is facing and boost its capabilities, so it can handle any emergency.

The Southern Theatre Command has had to bear a “heavy military responsibility” in recent years, state broadcaster CCTV quoted him as saying.

“It’s necessary to strengthen the mission … and concentrate preparations for fighting a war,” Xi said. “We need to take all complex situations into consideration and make emergency plans accordingly. We have to step up combat readiness exercises, joint exercises and confrontational exercises to enhance servicemen’s capabilities and preparation for war.”

Details of Xi’s speech were released on October 26th, one day after China’s State Councillor General and Defence Minister Wei Fenghe said “China is the only big nation in the world that is not unified … And the Chinese military has a heavy responsibility to not let a single inch of its territory be lost. “If there is anyone attempting to separate Taiwan from China, the Chinese military will take action.”

Wei Fenghe’s comments came after US Congress approved a $330 million arms sale to Taiwan on October 25th. The deal marks the second US arms sale to Taiwan in less than 18 months under US President Donald Trump. The administration approved an initial US$1.4 billion deal in June 2017, in a show of support and deepening defence ties between Washington and Taipei.

China strongly opposes any US arms sales and official contact with Taiwan. Prior to the approval of the arms sale, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang last week also urged the US “to correct its mistakes [and] stop any official contact and military ties with, and arms sales to, the Taiwan region.”

The Pentagon, when it promoted the sale in September, said the deal would “contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security and defensive capability of the recipient, which has been and continues to be an important force for political stability, military balance, and economic progress in the region.”

The US also added that “the proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.”

This all follows constant  provocations by the US against China in the South China Sea and the Taiwan strait.

Earlier in October, a Chinese destroyer almost collided with a US warship in the South China Sea. According to the US, the Chinese warship made an “unsafe and unprofessional” maneuver.

Prior to that, US B-52 bombers flew on a patrol round above Chinese territorial waters, once more, to which China responded with its own aircraft drills in the same region.

Most recently, on October 22nd, the US Department of Defense sent two US warships through the Taiwan strait in another clear provocation to Beijing. Taiwan’s defense ministry and the Pentagon say the warships passed through international waters. Taiwan said it was aware of the “routine” operation and reiterated its capability of defending its maritime territory and airspace security.

The US is unrelenting in its pressure on China, namely in terms of trade, the South China Sea and Taiwan. This, however, is pushing China into even closer relations with Russia and Iran, among other regional allies, something that presumably goes against the US interest of global dominance.

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  • Merijn

    Bwahahaha…..war is such a Bullshit you sell Weapons to a Country you want to War against…. what a pathetic bunch of Fucktards the Human Species is….Doomed to Fail…absolute Natural Born Losers…..

    • Ray Douglas

      Most likely the British have secret technology which allows them to spy on the Chinese. I would be loath to buy anything from them.

      • You can call me Al

        Is that you, Tom Clancy ?.

        • Ray Douglas

          What do you mean? I am who I am.

          • You can call me Al

            He is an author and writes all the excellent spy type fictional stories, that mostly turn out true. I am sure this scenario was mentioned once. Chill out man, it was a joke and a compliment in one.

          • Ray Douglas

            No offense taken. I just never heard of him.

      • Merijn

        Free Nukes for everyone… the rest is bullshit….Put a field Full of Man with Axes, Spears, Clubs, Knives, Swords, Hammers & Daggers…. let them chop up eachother… the one that got most left Wins…..

    • You can call me Al

      I think you are wrong – see above.

      PS Sorry for last Friday, too much shit, not enough time at the moment.

      • Merijn

        That’s alright…just let me know…

  • HardHawk

    of course… whores always have a price.

    • You can call me Al

      Nope. If you had read my comments before, you would know that the UK is turning Eastwards… better late than never.

      Before you slag me off, please take a glance at this – https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/mar/13/white-house-pointedly-asks-uk-to-use-its-voice-as-part-of-chinese-led-bank

      https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-44044946

      https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-45085205

      Who owns 19.7% of Rosneft; YEP…. BP.

      and so on and so on.

      The UK has started dismantling itself from the US over the last 10 years in my view. Again in my view …. the killer was the Deepwater Horizon disaster…..where that 1/2 breed called BP – British Petroleum ON PURPOSE and imposed massive, massive fines, whilst fining the culprits peanuts.

      • Feudalism Victory

        Plus lets not forget the uks blatant interference(or collusion with democrats) with “ex” spy chris steeles pee pee dossier meant to elect hillary as well as setting up George Papadopoulos in the uk itself to sound incriminating.

        Yes they have pushed themselves away from the us.

        • You can call me Al

          mmm the UK government did not want Trump, that is for sure.

          PS The UK people in general did want him.

          • Bill Rood

            I didn’t vote for him. That was my legitimate choice. The UK people did not have a legitimate choice, and their government should definitely bug out of US politics. The US has been fighting the City’s wars for more than a century, including all the wars for Zionism, a British project from the beginning.

          • You can call me Al

            What I meant was, as stated above. The government DID NOT, the people DID want Trump in the US. Well at the time anyway, not sure now though.

            I agree with your last statement 100%.

      • HardHawk

        if I did not know reality on those levels I would have believed you. You confuse the wars that exist between the global companies that always is going on and there is a very good reason, but time consuming and a lot of writing, so short version Uk is what controls all the finances and assets, with city of london that everything within the western world anything belongs to banking nit is owned by the central bank within COL.

        You confuse trading with the enemy because they dont have any fucking choice with changing the target they always had and shown during their failed attempt to colonize, the world, with their last effort to keep at least what they consider theirs under their sphere of influence.

        • You can call me Al

          I totally agree with your first paragraph; it does amuse me that if finally get our Brexit then the EU wants to take our financial institutes.

          I totally disagree, I agree to disagree with your second paragraph at this present time though.

      • Jens Holm

        I think You have to add Shell.

    • Jens Holm

      Yes and buyers too. If there was no buyers, there was no whores.

  • Robert McMaster

    China has an attack of the ‘stupids’. Instead of giving money to the Brits for their obsolete crap why not spend it getting top line stuff from Russia. Really, the Chinese military is hugely over-rated.

    • You can call me Al

      Did you know that we invented the radar and are the Worlds leader even now (despite what you are told).

      • Robert McMaster

        Sigh. The British no longer have a military worth paying much attention to. Virtually nothing is combat ready. Old crap with nothing much on the go. Could be different but that’s how it is now and the Brits know it.

        • You can call me Al

          Shush, please dont say it so loudly, it makes me tear. I bloody hate the truth.

    • Jens Holm

      It seemes Your knowlege level is crap.

      • Robert McMaster

        An excellent point full of sustance! Thank you for your contributory wisdom.

  • Jonathan Cohen

    Good to see trade between abortion rights defenders hopefully leading towards alliance.