China has been intensively developing homegrown VTOL fighter jet, but admits it lags behind America

China has been intensively developing homegrown VTOL fighter jet, but admits it lags behind America

This is a popular story from China Daily Mail. It’s well worth a read. Check it out!

As I dwelled on the implications, my mind switched to Europe and absence of an effective defense strategy. In particular, I am still angered by thought of UK defense cuts in the name of austerity. Surely defense spending should be ring-fenced rather than foreign-aid which often ends up in the hands of corrupt officials?

Thoughts?

China News

Model of Chian’s Type 081 amphibious attack warship Model of Chian’s Type 081 amphibious attack warship

The following is based on translations from reports on Chinese websites:

Chinese website mil.huanqiu.com describes in its report the difficulties in developing a VTOLfighter jet but concludes that for China at present, development of a VTOL fighter jet within a short period time is not a simple task.

Though China has started the project for such a fighter jet, Chinese military industrial workers still have a long way to go to fulfil that arduous task.

Another Chinese media of similar status, xinhuanet.com, describes in its report the following shortcomings of a VTOL fighter jet: 1. larger fuel consumption; 2. smaller load of ammunition; 3. difficulties to produce and operate; 4. relatively high requirements for takeoff and landing environment (sand, soil taken into engine may cause serious problems); and 5. longer duration of maintenance.

However, xinhua says that China still wants…

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Millions of pounds of aid money is at risk of falling into criminal hands, warn MPs – Telegraph

This is a deeply worrying, must-read article published in the Daily Telegraph. Check it out!

via Millions of pounds of aid money is at risk of falling into criminal hands, warn MPs – Telegraph.

Despite the savage impact of austerity, David Cameron’s government has ring-fenced foreign aid, yet it looks like the money has gone to criminals.

Let me ask an open question:

Surely, it time to do a zero-based budgeting exercise on foreign aid and start from a white sheet of paper?

Thoughts?