China's Military Looks to the Sky

MIN READSep 9, 2016 | 09:16 GMT

As part of its shifting military strategy, China is putting more emphasis on its airborne forces. That includes beefing up its air logistics capabilities by updating its transport aircraft fleet.


China is broadening its military horizons. The country is pursuing its global interests more proactively, driving its military to focus on becoming a more international presence as part of its "active defense" doctrine. As China extends its reach and expands its efforts to defend its interests around the world, the country has had to rely on branches of its armed forces beyond the army, traditionally the dominant branch. To that end, Beijing has poured money into developing its naval and air power and overhauling and modernizing its command and control structure. At the same time, it has worked to enhance its airborne forces....

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