News In Brief

Chinese official to visit West for high-tech arms

China wants to buy advanced weapons and military technology from the United States and other friendly countries as part of a drive to modernize its 3.2 million-strong armed forces, Defense Minister Zhang Aiping said Tuesday.

Mr. Zhang told reporters before leaving on a month-long trip to France, the United States, Canada, and Japan that China had a policy of self-reliance and built its own weapons. But he said Peking recognized that the West had advanced weapons and technology that China could not match on its own.

Discussions with Washington involve early-warning radar and air defense systems, trucks, troop-carrying helicopters, and communications equipment. The purchase of some defensive weapons such as antitank missiles was also believed to have been under consideration.

About these ads
Sponsored Content by LockerDome

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK