China: Army 'loses edge' in the snow says expert
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The Secretary of State for Defence, Ben Wallace, has stated that the British army will be reduced to 72,500 by 2025. This is set out in the new Defence in a Competitive Age command paper. This means the existing target of 82,000 personnel, set in 2015, has been scrapped and will thus be reduced.
There are now concerns that the British Army will not be sufficiently strong enough for the challenges set by the growing military might of Russia, China and North Korea.
Chairman of BRITPAC UK Henry Bolton on Twitter said: “I’m pleased Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, Chief of Defence Staff, has rightly named Russia, China, North Korea and Iran as major threats to the UK.
“However, we have a generation of politicians who promise to deal with things but never do. Army 2020 will reduce our tanks to 127!
A House of Commons Library review of the Army published earlier this year stated: “As of 1 January 2021, the trade-trained strength of the army is 76,300.
“This is seven percent below the target set in the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) of 82,000 personnel.
“The army has not met this target since the middle of the last decade.”
Concerning the reduction in the Army, the House of Commons Library review added: “Prominent American former officials have also expressed disquiet.
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“The former US Defence Secretary, Leon Panetta, said, given the option, he’d retain the force level.”
At the same time, China is increasing its military might.
China’s land forces comprise nearly one million men.
As the UK is reducing the size of its own land forces, the world’s most populous nation is investing in advanced weaponry and equipment.
Beijing is overhauling its military command structure to modernise its armed forces.
The CCP has invested heavily in automated weapons platforms and hypersonic weaponry.
Speaking to Al Jazeera a Beijing-based analyst on the Chinese military called Yin Dongyu said: “The increasingly loud voices sounding alarm of a potential China-US conflict in the South China Sea mostly came from the fact that the US is now seeing China on equal footing because of the latter’s growing army.
“And that’s quite a good indication of China’s growing military strength already.”
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