Beyond infrastructure wars, firepower still a measure of regional dominance. Yet traditional security concerns are more vital than ever, in some cases determining the rollout of megaprojects and military activity. The U. But China is working to transform the People's Liberation Army from a large, yet inefficient and underequipped force, into a modern military power. It is trialing its first domestically built aircraft carrier, with another under development.
ASIAN MILITARY ISSUES AND THE AMERICAN MILITARY IN ASIA
Issue of May - Asian Military Review
An Indian Air Force pilot found himself in a dogfight last week with a warplane from the Pakistani Air Force, and ended up a prisoner behind enemy lines for a brief time. The pilot made it home in one piece, however bruised and shaken, but the plane, an aging Soviet-era MiG, was less lucky. The aerial clash, the first by the South Asian rivals in nearly five decades, was a rare test for the Indian military — and it left observers a bit dumbfounded. If intense warfare broke out tomorrow, India could supply its troops with only 10 days of ammunition , according to government estimates.
For Chinese leader Xi Jinping, the waiting game is over. He has refashioned a military that is rapidly closing the gap on U. American victory over China in a regional war is no longer assured. Filed April 23, , 11 a. He has broken up its vast, Maoist-era military bureaucracy.
There are also large strategic oil deposits, shipping lanes and important economic and industrial centers to be worried about. Defense chiefs of Asian-Pacific nations hold an annual meeting to discuss security and military matters that affect the region. Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, India and other nations in the region are also increasing their forces, particularly naval craft.