On the Road to Doha: China arms dealers flood the Middle East vacuum. Christopher Nixon Cox. Rick Fisher. @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast

Jan 11, 05:00 AM

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On the Road to Doha: China arms dealers flood the Middle East vacuum. Christopher Nixon Cox. Rick Fisher. @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast

Rick Fisher, senior Fellow at the International Assessment and Strategy Center, in re: Chinese proliferation in the Middle East. China is upgrading the American F4Es and F4Ds with avionics and anti-ship missiles; China is selling UAVs esp to Saudis and Iraqis; at the same time, it's been arming Iran for a long time, and those weapons are going to the Houthis. . . . Chinese Kalashnikov-style rifles and machine guns and RPGs blanket the Middle East; also artillery rockets you can put on a small mound of earth. China’s game is to replace he American power; success in Asia, and working in South America, Middle East, Africa Hope to arm Iran to become a nuclear missile state to exacerbate fears and drive countries to buy Chinese arms. A Chinese UAV: UAE has bought the Petrosaur UAV, a 20-hour endurance; Iraq an Saudi have bought the CH4 (Chinese): slightly larger than Pertrosaur, 40-hour endurance and carries missiles and bombs. US wants to sell the F35 to the UAE. .. .. .. China is upgrading Iran's F-4D and F-4E fighters with new radar and the ability to carry new AAMs and anti ship missiles. SAMs may also be an unremarked but important PRC contribution. A Yemen/Iran SAM hit a Saudi F-15E yesterday or the day before. Where did that SAM come from? Yet, Saudi is going to buy, reportedly, hundreds of Chinese UAVs.