Russia faces new pressures

1-7-14  

Super Subs: The German Defense Industry Discovers Asia  http://www.spiegel.de/international/business/germany-s-defense-industry-turns-to-asia-for-business-a-942287.html

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11-3-13 

European nations are selling dual-use military technology to China that may soon be used against Taiwan, a US congressional subcommittee has been told.

“All Chinese nonnuclear submarines and new combatant ships use European design naval engines, largely German-designed engines,” said Rick Fisher, senior fellow for Asian military affairs at the International Assessment and Strategy Center.

A similar situation exists with some helicopters, and the Chinese shipbuilding industry has bought state-of-the-art 3D ship design software, made in Spain, that is already helping Beijing “develop better combat ships.”  http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2013/11/03/2003576041

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In addition, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a U.S. congressional advisory panel, predicted last month that China could possess the largest fleet of modern submarine and combatant ships in the western Pacific by 2020, mounting challenge to decades of U.S. preeminence….

Along with the Aegis plan, Korea will add nine 3,000-ton submarines to its fleet starting in 2020.  Six 1,800-ton submarines will be additionally built by 2018.
Currently, Korea has three 1,800-ton and nine 1,200-ton submarines….

Japan, which currently possesses 18 submarines and six Aegis destroyers, is boosting its naval capabilities.  https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2013/12/180_148095.html

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In March 2013, Russian and Chinese media reported that Beijing was acquiring significant quantities of advanced military equipment from Russia. Among the multi-billion dollar systems to be bought by the Chinese military are six Lada-class attack submarines and 35 SU-35 fighter jets.

These acquisitions are significant because they are sophisticated systems and it has been more than a decade since China purchased any significant weapon systems from Moscow.

After making substantial purchases from Russia from the mid-1990s to the early-2000s, China began to reverse engineer weapons such as the SU-27 multi-role fighter, the NORINCO T-90 tank, and several components of its most advanced conventionally powered submarines. Occasionally, China legally purchased licensing rights to Russian systems. Achieving self-reliance in military technology has long been a major priority of China s defense policy.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/CHIN-02-131213.html

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3-8-14   MOSCOW — Russia broadened its war of words with the United States over Ukraine on Saturday when the Ministry of Defense said it would consider stopping international inspections of its nuclear weapons in response to threatened sanctions from the West.  http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/in-crimea-interim-government-says-it-has-no-plans-to-cede-to-russia/2014/03/08/df1261d0-a6c3-11e3-9cff-b1406de784f0_story.html

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9-19-13 

 

Berman concluded that if the situation does not change, in as little as seven years, by 2020, the Slavic population of Russia will account for only 25 percent. Russia is pressured not only by Muslims, but also China expanding into depopulated areas of Siberia and the Far East.  http://english.pravda.ru/russia/politics/19-09-2013/125712-russia_slavic_population-0/

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