China’s air force aims to buy 24 Russian-built Sukhoi Su-35 jet fighters, according to reports from Hong Kong.
The reports quoted Andrei Chang, founder of the Kanwa Defense Review, as saying that China has begun negotiations with Russia on procurement of the highly advanced Russian jet fighter.
The Sukhoi Su-35 is the augmented fourth generation of a Soviet-designed fighter jet that first flew in 1988, Chang said Su-35 was one of the some amazing aircraft models debuted at the just-concluded Paris Air Show. With its incredible maneuvering capabilities, the single-seat, twin- engine fighter may just be the best fighter on the market, he said.
The Su-35 can change direction suddenly while maintaining control, meant for avoiding missiles, according to Chang. Once China acquires Su-35 jet fighters, it will have competitive advantages over its rivals, including Japan, Taiwan and India, he forecast.
Meanwhile, Sun Yafu, deputy director of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, said Monday that the proposal to establish a cross-Taiwan Strait military confidence building mechanism is both a military and a political issue. As crafting such a mechanism requires the support of political trust, the two sides of the Taiwan Strait need to resolve some of their political differences first, Sun said at a seminar in Beijing.
Acknowledging that cross-strait political differences are far and wide, Sun said Chinese authorities look forward to seeing more dialogue on relevant issues between think tanks, civilian groups and influential figures in various sectors on both sides of the strait to forge consensus.
Local media reports also said Monday that two Control Yuan members have completed an investigation into the Defense Ministry’s combat force refining project.
While the Control Yuan members recognized the military’s efforts to streamline its hierarchy and build an elite deterrent force, they said there is still room for improvement.