indranilroy wrote:Exactly my point. It is as simple as that. China is trying to grow its military might as its economy grows. Nothing wrong with it. Any country in its place would.
But you are trying to put a halo around it, which is not right.
I'm not even going to debate this with you, because I have no idea what you're responding to, or what your actual point is.
Now if your submarine comes up shadowing an aircraft career nowhere near your sees. You shoot down satellites. You build missiles against an aircraft carrier. You directly commit espionage. Are you not marking out your opponent. Will your opponent say, "Oh no, they are peace loving commies!"? Or do you want me to believe that China is so naive that it doesn't understand the signals it is sending out?
When Russia/USA do it (and both nations are certainly moving forward with their own military developments), it's maintaining parity... and when China does the same, it's something else? I'm not trying to put a "halo" on what China does, nor am I suggesting it's actions are different from the other world powers.
My statement is simple, but I'll rephrase it with the term you used: the exact combat capability of these fighters may be interesting (to the fans and professionals in the field)... but the real strategic importance is the fact that China has now (or will very shortly) reached "parity" in any regional conflict.