The China-US Arms Race: If One Arm is Right, the Other Will Be Left, No?
The China-US Arms Race: If One Arm is Right, the Other Will Be Left, No? by Fred Reed – Lew Rockwell
This worthy and public-spirited column seldom dives into the thickets of military hardware, which it regards as excessively technical. However, the arms race between China and Washington is of enough gravity that its more exotic armaments may be of interest. Herewith, the truly dangerous weaponry of the contending sides.
C-919 A Chinese narrow-body intended to compete with the Airbus A320 and the Boeing 737. Designed and built in China by Comarc. Not quite up to Boeing’s standards, not as fuel-efficient, uses a lot of Western-manufactured parts. (Think of it as a 1966 Toyota with wings, nothing to worry about.) Comarc has 570 orders for the 919, almost entirely in China. That’s 570 orders nobody else will get. The domestic market will provide the oomph to improve. By 2024 China is projected to be the world’s largest market for airliners.
Not to worry. They can’t innovate.
US Nuclear Weapon Upgrade Program: “CBO estimates that nuclear forces will cost $348 billion between FY 2015 and FY 2024. Three independent estimates put the expected total cost over the next 30 years at as much as $1 trillion.”
Artist’s conception of planned $100 Billion Chinese-Made City in Malaysia. Near Singapore “Scares the Hell Out of Everybody.” Will have 700,000 people, almost entirely Chinese. Pundits assert that in twenty years China will own Malaysia.The Gerald R. Ford, $12.8 billion + $4.7 billion R&D (estimated). The Navy wants ten.
Sunway TaihuLight, World’s most powerful supercomputer, a Chinese design built with Chinese silicon. China leads the planet in supercomputers, both in power and numbers.
The B21. Yes, there is a seat for Robin.
The B21 is a new thermonuclear bomber for the Air Force. “The head of the U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command… envisions some 175–200 bombers in service. Initial operating capability is expected to be reached by 2030. ”at a cost of $550 million each (2010 dollars).