June 6, 2017                                                Issue No. 17


Chinese Vice Premier Urges Efforts to End All Military Paid Service | Xinhua

Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli urged efforts to terminate all paid services provided by the armed forces and the armed police on Friday. It is a vital decision aimed at building a powerful army, said Zhang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, in a teleconference. Party committees, governments and troops at all levels should work together to fulfil the "major political task," adhere to the correct direction of military reform, and root out corruption in the army, Zhang said.

China Launches Advanced Satellite Navigation Positioning System | Xinhua

China on Saturday launched a national satellite navigation and positioning system. It is the largest in the country and boasts the widest coverage. Li Weisen, deputy director of the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation, said that the system consists of 2,700 base stations, a national database center and 30 provincial level database centers. The system, featuring faster speed, higher accuracy and wider coverage, will be compatible with other satellite navigation systems, such as the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System and Global Position System (GPS), Li said. According to the administration, the system is able to provide positioning service to transportation, emergency medical rescue and city planning and management.
China to Conduct At Least Four Manned Spaceflight Missions in Five Years | Xinhua

China will carry out at least four manned spaceflight missions over about five years to build a space station, China's first astronaut Yang Liwei said Tuesday. Two manned space missions will be conducted in 2020, said Yang, deputy director of China's manned space program office, at the 2017 Global Space Exploration Conference which opened Tuesday in Beijing.
War of Interceptors: China Develops 'Ultrafast' Missile Defense, Media Reports | Sputnik News

The China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) has announced it developed an "ultra-fast" missile interceptor capable of destroying a projectile travelling "10 times faster than a bullet" and flying at the altitude of "tens of kilometers," according to the China Daily newspaper. According to the publication, a team of scientists and engineers from CASIC's Second Academy in Beijing, with an average age of 32, developed a "new generation aerospace defense missile" that incorporates the most sophisticated aerospace technologies and which it describes as one of the cornerstones of China's strategic military development.

China Successfully Tests Solid-Fuel Variable Ramjet Engine | The Indian Express

China has successfully tested a solid-fuel variable flow ramjet engine which could enhance the real combat ability of the country's stealth aircraft and boost firing range of missiles, official media reported today. A team from No. 4 research institute affiliated with the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) disclosed on May 31 that it has successfully conducted two flight tests with the ramjet engine, state-run Global Times reported. The solid-fuel ramjet engine is a member of the ramjet engine family, which has the advantage of low cost, high power, and high controllability with compact size, the report said.
China's new submarine engine is poised to revolutionize underwater warfare | Popular Science

This month, Chinese state TV channel CCTV 13 broadcast an interview with a top Chinese naval engineer, Rear Admiral Ma Weiming. The admiral is notably responsible for the development of multiple Chinese naval electromagnetic programs, including the electromagnetic catapult and railguns. In the interview, he stated that the PLAN is fitting its newest nuclear attack submarines with a "shaftless" rim-driven pumpjet, a revolutionary and silent propulsion system. If the system is being put on the latest vessels, it is likely to be used on the first Type 095 nuclear attack submarine (SSN), which is under construction.
China Is Developing a Warship of Naval Theorists' Dreams | Popular Science

The Chinese navy is taking arsenal ships in a new direction-as giant submersibles. Post-Cold War naval theorists have long dreamed of recreating the old battleships' power through massive "arsenal ships," or warships carrying hundreds of guided missiles that could fire at land and sea targets. Now it looks like China wants to make that dream a reality.

ARM Aims To Extend Its Reach with 'Secure' Chips for China | Nikkei Asian Review

ARM Holdings, a British chip designer controlled by Japan's SoftBank Group, will launch a joint venture in China "within months" to help companies there develop semiconductor technologies, including products that could have security uses, an executive told the Nikkei Asian Review. "The intent is for that joint venture to develop products for the Chinese market for China partners, and specifically around the areas of technology that a Western company might not be able to do," Rene Haas, president of ARM's intellectual property products group, said in an interview on May 29.

China's CETC Continues Expansion | Jane's 360

State-owned China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) has continued its recent expansion and posted strong growth during the first quarter of 2017. The corporation - one of the China's fastest growing defence enterprises - generated quarterly revenues of CNY62.4 billion (USD9.1 billion) and profits of CNY6.4 billion, the State Administration of Science, Technology, and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND) said on 5 June. SASTIND said that the figures represented year on year increases of 8.3% and 10.9% respectively. It added the growth can be attributed to CETC's focus on advancing technological capabilities as well as reforms intended to ensure supply-chain efficiencies.
Is China Outsmarting America in A.I.? | New York Times

Sören Schwertfeger finished his postdoctorate research on autonomous robots in Germany, and seemed set to go to Europe or the United States, where artificial intelligence was pioneered and established. Instead, he went to China. "You couldn't have started a lab like mine elsewhere," Mr. Schwertfeger said. The balance of power in technology is shifting. China, which for years watched enviously as the West invented the software and the chips powering today's digital age, has become a major player in artificial intelligence, what some think may be the most important technology of the future. Experts widely believe China is only a step behind the United States.
How AI Will Kickstart a National Defense Revolution | Sixth Tone

Last week, AlphaGo - an artificial intelligence program developed by Google's DeepMind team - beat the highest-ranked Chinese Go player, Ke Jie, for the second time during a match held in Wuzhen, in eastern China's Zhejiang province. With the rapid development of big data, cloud computing, and the internet of things, AI stands at the center of a coming technological and industrial revolution. But what does AI mean for China's defense? How should we address the security challenges that AI may cause if used inappropriately?

Chinese Aircraft Take Off In International Defense Market | China Daily

Chinese-developed aircraft have been in the global spotlight recently with a series of maiden flights of export-oriented models. China's first export-oriented armed helicopter, the Z-15E, made its maiden flight on May 18 in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province. It followed maiden flights by the Wing-Loong II Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) and the JF-17B dual-seat fighter earlier this year. The raft of high-end, export-oriented aircraft highlighted the achievements of "Made in China" expertise, said a statement from the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), China's leading aviation manufacturer and developer of the three aircraft models. They were developed to meet China's strategic interests and the demand of the global market, especially from countries along the Belt and Road initiative, said AVIC.
China Promotes FTC-2000 Trainer for Export | Jane's 360

The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has unveiled an export version of its low-cost FTC-2000 supersonic trainer. The aircraft - known in China as the JL-9 Shanying - is the latest in a series of platforms that are being adapted by AVIC and its subsidiaries specifically for international markets. AVIC said the FTC-2000, which was rolled out by its subsidiary Guizhou Aircraft Industries Corporation (GAIC) on 5 June, will be delivered to an overseas client following trials. AVIC did not disclose the customer but it is thought to be Sudan. In China, the aircraft is operated by the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) and Navy (PLAN).