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January 17, 2019

Angering the dragon

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:46 pm
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Looks like the US Navy and the Royal Navy are teaming up to further piss off the PLAN.  While this does nothing to lower tensions in the region, it is a good idea.  A little now will go a long way later.



January 9, 2019

Two seemingly unrelated stories

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 6:27 am
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But they are.

USN doing more freedom of navigation trips in the South China Sea


China’s population declines for the first time in 70 years.

January 3, 2019

Space news-China

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 2:01 pm
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The Chinese have soft landed a probe, with rover on the far side of the moon.  This is a further demonstration that China intends to compete with the US in all strategic realms.  NASA needs to wake up and kick it into high gear.

December 28, 2018

South China Sea

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 1:16 am
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The Chinese are stepping up their military technology in the South China Sea region.  This will not end well.


As I’ve said before….


December 19, 2018


Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:54 am
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China tests a new SLBM.  While they don’t have any subs presently that could launch it, those are coming too.  I worry about China much more than Russia, and for that matter, Russia ought to as well.

December 12, 2018

I saw this coming

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 9:54 am
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Of course, who didn’t. Japan is going to buy 100 additional F-35s, including F-35Bs which can operate from the country’s two helicopter carriers.  Makes perfect sense.  Also, Japan is ramping up its defense spending.  The South China Sea is going to become a more interesting place that it already is.

December 5, 2018

China’s carrier woes

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 4:56 pm
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Looks like China might be having trouble coming up with the money to pay for its next carrier.  Frankly I think the current US administration is using trade pressure as one way to deprive the Chinese of money to invest in their defense.  I think this is a wise move, even if it means more expensive goods here.

November 27, 2018


Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:09 pm
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Looks like we will be getting a new tool D.510 in 2019.  This is good news as I’ve wanted to do one in Chinese markings for a long time now.

November 13, 2018

The decline of Russia

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:33 pm
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Russia continues to lose population.  My prediction is this leads to an attempt by China to grab part of the Russian far east at some point.

November 8, 2018

Upgraded J-10

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 4:47 pm
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Looks like China has upgraded the J-10 with a thrust vectoring exhaust.  For modelers I wonder if this is a simple nozzle replacement conversion to the Trumpeter J-10, or is it more complicated?

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