MELBOURNE: A recent video showing a Chinese jet bomber carrying what appeared to be an air-launched hypersonic missile stirred more than a little interest among defence observers, marking the latest example of how far the Asian economic giant's air power has come in the past two decades. China's massive military modernisation effort across all branches of its People's Liberation Army (PLA) has been impressive, with China's defence budget growing almost nine times from US$20 billion in 2002 to US$178 billion in 2020. This has fuelled discussions in defence and security circles about when it will catch up to the US military. Perhaps it has already done so without anyone noticing? That the global intelligentsia is even having that conversation is testament to the transformation in the Chinese military, which has gone from a force primarily dedicated to domestic territorial defence to one increasingly capable of projecting power far from its shores since its defence spending started taking off around 2004. CHINA'S GEOSTRATEGIC IMPERATIVES TO PROJECT MILITARY MIGHT There are strong geostrategic imperatives for China to do so, as the PLA designs its force structure to around a doctrine of what is known in defence and security circles as "anti-access, area… Read full this story
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