BEIJING: China needs to develop a long-range strategic bomber to strike adversaries farther away from its coast in the event of conflict, state media reported Tuesday, quoting defence experts.
Beijing has been steadily beefing up its military through years of double-digit increases in defence spending, rapidly expanding its naval power, commissioning its first aircraft carrier and adding to its submarine and surface fleets.
But the government-run China Daily newspaper said in a full-page article that a recent military meeting had deemed the country's air force a "strategic force", citing the latest issues of Kanwa Defense Review, a Canada-based defence and weapons technology publication.
The title had previously been reserved for the military's Second Artillery Corps, which the paper described as China's "de facto strategic missile force".
The meeting agreed that a long-range strategic bomber would enable the air force to attack farther out into the Pacific Ocean, the paper quoted Kanwa Defense Review as reporting, as far as the "second island chain".
Ayush Jha (Unknown)
China has the money to invest in all such tech. though india has invested in manufacturing but not much has been done for R&D. R&D is the investment in future. Manufacturing too needs to pick pace in india.
tej delhi (Unknown)
China has the muscle and capacity to develop such an aircraft whenever he feels requirement.
Dhananjay Gokhale (Roha)
china must saw first problem of their economy .because their stock market are declining day by day and after that they see towards this thing
What is wrong in that? We also need such kind of aircrafts. We can do technology share contract with China.
Manohardeep Mann (Nagpur)
No problem for China , as they will steal this technology or will be gifted this crucial technology by the benign and beleaguered Russia.
Suleiman Haq (Delhi)
The target should be New Delhi and Mumbai and Kolkata and Chennai and Bangalore and Hyderabad
Chinese strategists conceive of the "first island chain" as the arc stretching from Japan to Taiwan, which includes numerous US military bases on the Japanese island of Okinawa.