What is Going on in China?

All these rumors of a coup in China this week have been good for one thing here at DT, this pic of the what appear to be the PLA’s fairly new Type 05 mobile howitzers painted in digital camouflage. The vehicles pictured are largely believed to not be part of any coup force, they seem to have just been posted online as the rumor frenzy built.

Still, chatter has been flying about this coup for days now. It would be nice if Beijing could just let us know that all’s well in the authoritarian state.

While an actual coup hasn’t happened — as far as anyone can tell — something big has apparently gone down in Beijing.

  • WRG01

    Pics are from a parade in 2010. Nothing new in China.

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  • Zeyn

    I’ll cut off my Johnson if there is a coup going on in China!

  • justsaying

    I once had a Falungong member tell me that in every person, there is a small TV in the belly that can be turned on through thought alone. Not the first wacko Falungong member I’ve met either I’m sure there are sane members, but all the ones I’ve met have been a bit crazy.

    • passingby

      How sane can a Falun Gong cult member be? They remind me of members of the

      Boxer rebellion during the pathetic Ch’ing Dynasty, who believed that they could become

      bullet-proof by performing some idiotic rituals and believing in Jesus Christ. Well, to their

      surprise, laws of physics trumped their idiotic rituals and Jesus Christ every time.

      • crackedlenses

        Uh, the Boxers hated foreigners and their Christian faith. One of their biggest targets were missionaries. If anything Jesus Christ was probably guiding the bullets of the Western soldiers cleaning their clocks…..

      • Jeff

        Are you sure? See, I was told by a FLG member that there is a “wheel” inside each person that can “spin” on command from the founder of FLG, and this spinning gives you good karma, or something’…

        Scientology all of sudden feels sane.

  • Lance

    Nothing happening another military parade in Beijing BIG DEAL Yawn!! Digi camo on Vehicles is a laugh with thermal sights and laser targeting system Digi camo is a waste in paint LOL.

  • JE McKellar

    Of course the pictures are fake, and irrelevant (what good is a SP howitzer in a urban coup, anyway?), but the real story is that something is going on in Beijing, even if all we can get right between the state-controlled Chinese Media and the farcically inept US media are unsubstantiated rumors.

    And this is a big deal, between the global economic crisis finally hitting the ground in China, Bo Xilai’s fall from grace, the North Korean transition, and uncertainty about what the US is going to do in Afghanistan and Iran in the coming months, China maybe nearing a critical point.

    The real tech angle, anyway, is how useful China’s censorship apparatus is in controlling the Chinese people’s and international community’s perception of whatever is unfolding right now in Beijing.

  • nary

    Dig the white-painted rims…why bother with the digital camo?

  • JackBlack

    Coup in china, yeah right, what have you been smoking, please share.
    In the other news Nixon is still president.

    You know how a coup would end, big square and a bullet in the back.

  • matheusdiasuk

    Good were the time when we could just ignore it. Or send the Navy, if british.

    • passingby

      well, you could still just ignore it or send the navy, british or otherwise.

  • Stratege

    Interesting. The turret looks like rip-off of a Russian MSTA-S howitzer.

    • crackedlenses

      No kidding. Could it be a an upgraded form of the Type 83, perhaps?…..

    • Liam

      Interesting…a lot of military equipment looks like Russian equipment hmmm

  • citanon

    Nothing is going on in China. Uninformed speculation is happening on the internet.

  • passingby

    So has the coup started yet? Or has it already been completed? I’d love to see whose heads are rolling. LOL