Archived posts with tag ‘January 11’

Linguistic Roots of China’s January Surprise

Rumor is China will conduct its third major anti-satellite missile test in six years on Jan. 11. Not coincidentally, the two previous tests also occurred on Jan. 11 in 2007 and 2010. China also flew its J-20 stealth fighter prototype for the first time on Jan. 11, 2011.

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The Diplomat: PLA’s January Surprises

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army traditionally reserves its most dramatic moves for a date early in the new year that has important symbolic meaning for China. “The Chinese have an obsession with what for them is Jan. 11,” says Owen Cote, Jr., a naval analyst at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2007, 2010 and again in 2011, the PLA tested new military capabilities on that date. Western experts expect another major weapons test on January 11, 2012.