Date: Feb 17 2018
By ERIC BACULINAO
BEIJING — The Chinese New Year began with the traditional lighting of firecrackers on Friday,
but the country’s military has been working on incendiaries on an entirely different scale.
Over the past year, the nation that invented gunpowder has been rolling out an array of high-tech weapons that some experts say could threaten the global superiority of the United States.
“The U.S. no longer possesses clear military-technical dominance, and China is rapidly emerging as a would-be superpower in science and technology,” said Elsa B. Kania, an adjunct fellow at the Center for a New American Security, a Washington think tank.
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army “might even cut ahead of the U.S. in new frontiers of military power,” she added.
The J-20 is China’s first homemade stealth jet. CCP/ColorChinaPhoto / AP file
Despite the recent sharp rhetoric from President Donald Trump, analysts say an open conflict between Beijing and Washing is unlikely. Others dismiss the idea that China might soon outpace the U.S. in military power. [FULL STORY]