China Says it’s Building More Aircraft Carriers and Ballistic Missiles

Plus, Japan’s Ground Self Defense Forces will participate in RIMPAC for 1st time. Wednesday defense links.

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A Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman said last week that, while the Liaoning is China’s first aircraft carrier, “there will surely be more in the future,” according to Bloomberg News.

Meanwhile, Want China Times reports that Tan Zuojun, vice-governor of Liaoning province, has said that China’s next generation submarine launched ballistic missile is complete. The J-3 missile will be deployed on China’s fourth generation submarines and will have a range of 10,000 km, the report said. This will allow China to hold U.S. and European cities at risk from a distance. China is still in the process of deploying its third generation submarine and the J-2 submarine launched ballistic missile.

Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force will participate in the U.S.-led RIMPAC maritime exercises in 2014, The Yomiuri Shimbun reports. China’s military will also be participating in the 2014 RIMPAC exercise.

Over at Times of India, South Korea and India held their third foreign policy and security dialogue in Delhi on Monday. The report said that the topics of discussion included: “security cooperation, [the] potential for space and nuclear cooperation, [the] upgrading of bilateral trade and economic ties and collaboration in defense production.”

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Last week Russia and Pakistan held their first-ever strategic dialogue in Moscow, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

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