Rapid Fire September 24, 2012: Chinese Carrier
- China’s first aircraft carrier was delivered to the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN)… or was it really? After Vice President’s Xi Jinping temporary disappearance for two weeks earlier this month for reasons that remain unclear, there’s a disturbing level of opacity and fuzziness in the current news flow out of China.
- Boeing is pitching its C-17s to South Africa while China has made a concerted push at this year’s Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) in Tshwane (formerly Pretoria).
“Russia’s protest will come by default, and cannot be the yardstick for NATO’s decision-making on new members. The real underlying problem is that the territorial disputes between Russia and Georgia over the two renegade regions could lead to another war in the region.”
- Last weekend’s meeting between Chancellor Merkel and President Hollande had the BAE/EADS merger on their agenda, but was inconclusive. Hollande gave [in French] a list of concerns centered on employment and industrial policy without elaborating.