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    China Successfully Develops Laser System Able to Shoot Down Drones in Seconds: Reports



    The laser system with its precision, speed and low noise can shoot down drones at an altitude of 500 meters and a speed of 50 meters per second (180 kilometers per hour or 112 miles per hour).
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    MOSCOW, November 3 (RIA Novosti) - China has successfully developed a laser defense system that can shoot down small-scale low flying drones within a two kilometer radius in five seconds, Xinhua news reported.


    The laser system with its precision, speed and low noise can shoot down drones at an altitude of 500 meters and a speed of 50 meters per second (180 kilometers per hour or 112 miles per hour), the news agency reported on Sunday evening citing a statement published by the China Academy of Engineering Physics.


    The academy’s statement added that the laser system would be installed in vehicles, aimed at providing heightened security at major events. These include international conferences, sporting events and political meetings. Based on the testing carried out, the laser system indicated 100 percent success.


    "Intercepting such drones is usually the work of snipers and helicopters, but their success rate is not as high and mistakes with accuracy can result in unwanted damage," Yi Jinsong, of the team leading the project was quoted as saying by Xinhua.


    Jinsong added that small-scale unmanned drones were a likely choice for terrorists because they were cheap and easy to use.
    Meanwhile, the academy is working on similar laser systems with greater power and range, the news agency reported.

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    And to remind the world what will be leading and controling China's military, from Taiwan's 'China Times';

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    • Wednesday, November 5, 2014
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    The Party commands the gun: Xi Jinping


    • Staff Reporter
    • 2014-11-03
    • 15:01 (GMT+8)


    Communist Party chief and Central Military Commission chairman Xi Jinping stands before high-ranking People's Liberation Army officials at a former revolutionary site in Gutian, Fujian province on Oct. 31. (Photo/Xinhua)

    Chinese president and Communist Party chief Xi Jinping is determined to keep the People's Liberation Army under party control in his efforts to reconstruct the country's military, reports Shanghai-based news website the Paper.
    Xi, also the chairman of the Central Military Commission, reiterated the party's supremacy over the PLA during a military political work conference on Oct. 30 held at the township of Gutian in Shanghang county in southeastern China's Fujian province.
    The meeting, which has already been dubbed by media as the New Gutian Conference, is said to hold special significance because it was held in the same place as the original Gutian Conference of 1929, which was considered a milestone of both the party and the PLA as it established the fundamental principle of the "party leading the army."
    "The party commands the gun," Xi said at the conference, adding that the principle, which was also emphasized in the leadup to the Gutian Conference 85 years ago, should always be firmly upheld.
    The comment sends a signal that Chinese leaders remain strongly against the nationalization of country's military, even as Xi continues to push for a reconstruction of the PLA, the Paper said.
    Xi also said at the conference that there should be serious reflection on the discipline and law violations by former CMC vice chairman Xu Caihou, whom according to state media last week has confessed to take "extremely large" bribes. The 71-year-old Xu will be the highest-ranking PLA official to face a court martial since the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949.
    "Lessons learned from Xu's case deserve a profound reflection and the unfavourable influence of the case must be thoroughly cleared away," Xi said.
    Xi has repeatedly emphasized military discipline since being elected party general secretary at the 18th National Congress in November 2012. He has since imposed several major new rules and regulations, including the banning of alcohol at army banquets. In addition, he has encouraged the abandoning of luxury cars, cut back on lifestyle-related expenditures in the military and launched investigations into the real estate holdings of PLA officials.
    Xi has also targeted the PLA as part of his sweeping ant-graft campaign, with the biggest military "tigers" to fall being Xu and his protege Gu Junshan, the disgraced deputy logistics chief who was charged with embezzlement, bribery, misuse of state funds and abuse of power in March this year.
    However, Xi knows that graft is only one of the PLA's many long-term battles, The Paper said. The CMC chief has also noted the importance of building a strong military capable of fighting and winning wars, ramping up military drills with several large-scale exercises carried out in key regions over the last couple of months. Additionally, Xi has also made remarks about boosting China's military technology as well as information technology to engage in cyber warfare, the report added.
    Shanghai-based military expert Ni Lexiong says Xi's decision to hold the military political work conference in Gutian is a reflection of his determination to reconstruct China's military by focusing on traditional PLA values. However, while stamping out corruption in the military is imperative, the goal remains riddled with difficulties because societal values have shifted towards material possessions since China began moving toward a market economy, Ni added.
     
     
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    Sale of US Warships to Taiwan Violates China-US Agreements: Beijing




    The Chinese Foreign Ministry criticizes the United States for selling four Perry-class guided missile frigates to Taiwan. According to Beijing, this move violates China-US agreements and "brutally interferes in China`s domestic affairs".

    Sale of US Warships to Taiwan Violates China-US Agreements: Beijing

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    The Chinese Foreign Ministry criticizes the United States for selling four Perry-class guided missile frigates to Taiwan. According to Beijing, this move violates China-US agreements and "brutally interferes in China's domestic affairs".



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    MOSCOW, December 19 (Sputnik) — The sale of four Perry-class guided missile frigates by the United States to Taiwan violates joint communiques signed by China and the United States, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Friday.

    "The Chinese side is firmly opposed to the arms sales by the US to Taiwan. This position is steadfast, clear and consistent. The aforementioned act constitutes a grave breach of the spirit of the three joint communiqués between China and the US, especially that of the August 17 Communiqué," Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang was quoted as saying in a statement issued on Friday.

    The three joint communiques signed between China and the United States in 1972, 1979 and 1982 represent mutual statements aimed at improving US-China relations. According to the 1982 communique cited by Qin, the United States pledged to gradually curtail arms sales to Taiwan.


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    The spokesperson also said that the sale of the warships "brutally interferes in China's domestic affairs and undermines China's sovereignty and security interests." He noted that "solemn representations" had already been lodged with the American side both in Washington and Beijing.

    In his comments Qin called on the United States to cease selling arms to Taiwan and instead contribute to the furthering of US-China relations.

    The sale of the warships to Taiwan was agreed to by US President Barack Obama on Thursday.

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    Threatening Taiwan constantly is a threat to all our allies.

    Stealing secrets is an act of war.

    Stealing land, an act of war.

    STFU China.
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    China's leader is telling the People's Liberation Army to prepare for war

    Chinese President Xi Jinping's recent statements have been alarming China's neighbors. What's behind them?

    By Kyle Mizokami | 7:01am ET



    Preparing for what? (REUTERS/Stringer)

    Over the last several months, Chinese leader Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party have repeatedly exhorted the People's Liberation Army to "be ready to win a war." Xi has repeatedly called for greater military modernization, increased training, and enhanced overall readiness of the Chinese army, navy, and air force.

    These repeated calls have alarmed China's neighbors from New Delhi to Washington. The question on everyone's mind: what is all this preparation for?

    Is the Chinese leadership preparing for something? Are they gearing up for a military operation, or merely the option to carry one out? Or is there a more innocent explanation for all of this?

    One credible explanation is that the Chinese leadership is pushing military readiness as part of the ongoing, national anti-corruption drive. Military anti-corruption efforts have been highlighted by the arrest and imminent court martial of Xu Caihou, a former high level military officer. Xu faces charges of embezzlement, bribery, misuse of state funds, and abuse of power, and is thought to have made at least $5.9 million by selling officer promotions.

    Corruption in the Chinese military is thought to be widespread. Although the true effects are not known, it has resulted in ineligible officers being promoted, diversion of state funds, and sweetheart deals between military contractors and officials. Perhaps most importantly, time spent by corrupt officials making money is time not spent training the troops for conflict.

    Although the Communist Party's message to "prepare to win a war" may seem bellicose, the government may simply be telling the military to stop making money on the side and just do their jobs.

    Another possibility is that Xi and the Party are pushing for the Chinese military to adopt readiness levels on par with the Pentagon. The U.S. military, which is frequently deployed around the world, often on short notice, trains to a relatively high standard. Much of a typical deployment, such as operating planes from an aircraft carrier flight deck, is dangerous work that can only be safely accomplished by training to high level of proficiency.

    It's quite possible that China wants the military to achieve this skill level too, for no other reason than to have it. This on the face of it does not imply aggressive intent, only a desire for a prepared military.

    Of course, it's possible that the Chinese government has something more sinister in mind.

    The Party may desire the ability to conduct military action overseas as a diversion from domestic issues. In recent years, China has used territorial claims in the East and South China Seas and the Taiwan issue to divert public attention from problems at home, even going so far as to organize protests. Political grievances, environmental pollution, food scandals, government land grabs, lack of affordable healthcare, and, most importantly, government corruption are all issues that have sparked civil unrest.

    As the Chinese economy slows down, the Communist Party may be worried that decreased economic activity could lead to more domestic unhappiness. A military expedition that united the country behind the government could be an option they'd consider.

    In 1982, the generals that ruled Argentina invaded the nearby Falkland Islands, a United Kingdom territory, in a bid to co-opt anti-government dissent. The junta ruling the country believed that invading the Falklands, regarded by Argentines across the political spectrum as belonging to their country, would rally the country around the government.

    Unfortunately for the generals, military adventurism is a two-edged sword. The U.K. sent a naval task force to retake the Falklands and Argentina's ensuing defeat proved the downfall of the regime.

    Thanks to its recent territorial spats, China has a wealth of option for adventurism, such as sending naval vessels to the Diaoyu Islands (known as Senkaku Islands to Japan) in the East China Sea, making a demonstration of force near Taiwan, or even picking a fight with smaller countries such as the Philippines. Well-trained armed forces are necessary even in operations short of war; a show of force can quickly become a demonstration of incompetence.

    We don't really know what is pushing Xi and company's seemingly bellicose exhortations. Much of the decision-making taking place in the Chinese military is a black box opaque to the outside world. Maybe China is preparing for something. Maybe it isn't. Maybe they're preparing for something and even they don't know what it is.

    Or maybe they're just telling their people to do their jobs.

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    China President Warns: Prepare For War As China Prepares To ‘Bail Out’ Russia!

    December 22, 2014

    By Live Free or Die



    The President of China, Xi Jinping, has issued a strong warning to his People’s Liberation Army, “Prepare For War!” In this new story excerpted below from The Week we learn that China’s neighbors nearby and as far away as Washington DC have no idea what all this preparation by China is for. Is China preparing to ‘take’ what they feel is “theirs” here in America? The 2nd video below from The Money GPS ~ Author Exposing the Truth tells us that China may be preparing to ‘bail out’ Russia, their new strategic partner leading us to ask if this is all more preparation for WW3 against the US as we see pointed out in the 1st compilation video below of mainstream and alternative media reports over the past several years.

    From ‘The Week’: China’s leader is telling the People’s Liberation Army to prepare for war

    Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent statements have been alarming China’s neighbors. What’s behind them?

    Over the last several months, Chinese leader Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party have repeatedly exhorted the People’s Liberation Army to “be ready to win a war.” Xi has repeatedly called for greater military modernization, increased training, and enhanced overall readiness of the Chinese army, navy, and air force.

    These repeated calls have alarmed China’s neighbors from New Delhi to Washington. The question on everyone’s mind: what is all this preparation for?

    Is the Chinese leadership preparing for something? Are they gearing up for a military operation, or merely the option to carry one out? Or is there a more innocent explanation for all of this?



    Currency War! China and Russia Swap Deal to Rescue Russia from Crisis!


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    This is precisely what I said was going to happen.

    Each one (Russia and China) have been preparing for a long time. Each one has been courting the other financially. NOW China feels like they will have to "bail out Russia" because the US appears to be shutting down the Ruble.

    Well, guess what? Both countries have enough nuclear weapons to flatten about 1500 major cities in the USA.

    Guess what else? Neither one is all that accurate in their shooting. But so what? Who cares where you hit with nukes, right?
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    January 28, 2015

    As China Plans for War, the US Renames its Battle Plan

    By David Archibald


    The Pentagon has relabelled its battle plan for fighting China in the Western Pacific. The battle plan formerly known as AirSea Battle is from now on to be known as “Joint Concept for Access and Maneuver in the Global Commons.” This is very good news because the use of the term Global Commons in the title goes to the heart of what is at stake for the United States and the rest of the free world.

    China is intent upon starting a war with Japan and seizing a large patch of ocean in Southeast Asia. What most people don’t realise about the Chinese nine-dash-claim of territoriality in the South China Sea is that it is not so much about gaining area and resources but excluding others. Commercial operators might not be affected and don’t care about filling in forms and asking permission to cross the sea or sky. The Chinese claim, if enforced, would stop any other country’s warships and military aircraft from crossing the South China Sea. Vietnam, which is 1,200 km long, would be restricted to a strip along their coastline that gets as narrow as 92 km. For Malaysia, their operating strip would be as narrow as 44 km, as shown by these maps from page 5 of State Department Report No. 143:





    The Chinese claim to the South China Sea is meant to be a permanent and irrevocable humiliation to the countries of Southeast Asia. Notions of protecting trade routes and so on are just so much nonsense. It is all about China feeling better about itself because it is able to humiliate its smaller neighbours. And the United States too.

    By the time China showed up in the Spratley Islands, all the good islands were gone. Taiwan and the Philippines had airstrips on the only islands large enough to take airstrips. Vietnam has some substantial bases on its islands. So China had to start with reefs that were submerged at high tide.

    China’s aggression is fuelled by its rapid economic growth of the last 15 years. But there are signs aplenty that the economic miracle is running out of puff. The Chinese economy took off after their accession to the World Trade Agreement in 2001. China became the world’s preferred subcontractor. Electronic components made in Japan, Korea and Taiwan are imported into China and put into plastic cases. The salad days of China’s export-driven growth ended in 2006 when exports as a percentage of GDP peaked at 39.1%. That has subsequently fallen to 26.4%.

    But the world can only take so much of China’s exports and that point has been reached. China’s market share of global trade reached 12% in 2011 and has stalled at about that level. That follows railway freight in China, which doubled between 2003 and 2011 but has stalled since. Previous premier Wen Jiabao said in 2013 that China’s growth is “unbalanced, uncoordinated and unsustainable”. It may also be illusory.

    The last time an Asian economic powerhouse was perceived to be overtaking the United States was Japan in 1990. That Japanese growth turned out to be another real estate bubble. It is most likely that China’s bubble will go the same way.

    We don’t have to spend too much time on economic statistics to divine China’s future. All we have to do is note what the Chinese themselves are doing, which is leaving. As John Lee notes, the richest 1% of households (2.1 million out of a total of about 520 million households) own 40-50% of the country’s total real estate and financial assets.
    This is the result you would expect from a state-sanctioned kleptocracy. These wealthy people are voting with their feet. In a survey last year of almost 1,000 Chinese each worth over $16 million, nearly two-thirds had made arrangements to leave the country permanently or were planning to do so. This group are particularly well-informed on China’s prospects, with 90% of the 1,000 polled being officials or members of the Chinese Communist Party. These are people who have stolen what they can and now think that wealth preservation is more important than hanging around to steal some more. The rats are leaving the sinking ship.

    Whereas Wen Jiabao was a Shakespeare-lover, his successor, Xi Jinping, has been more inclined to ‘disguise fair nature with hard-favour’d rage.” The sudden increase in Chinese aggression in the Senkakus in late 2012 coincided with Xi Jinping becoming General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party. Around that time, Xi also took control of a special maritime command group responsible for territorial disputes in the East China Sea, according to sources citing Taiwanese intelligence. Though the rate of Chinese incursions into Japanese territory has dropped off, they still stay exactly two hours before leaving. The Chinese have possibly calculated that this causes the maximum aggravation to the Japanese relative to effort.

    Xi Jinping is now also President of the People’s Republic of China, Chairman of the Central Military Commission and Chairman of the National Security Council. In a number of edicts, he has tacked hard left politically and is railing against foreign influences in Chinese society. Under the guise of fighting corruption, he has instituted a reign of terror equivalent to the Stalinist purges of the 1930s. Or perhaps they are just recycling more recent Chinese history. To quote long-time China watcher Anne Stevenson-Yang in late 2014:

    What’s really going on is an old-style party purge reminiscent of the 1950s and 1960s with quota-driven arrests, summary trials, mysterious disappearances, and suicides, which has already entrapped, by our calculations, 100,000 party operatives and others. The intent is not moral purification by the Xi administration but instead the elimination of political enemies and other claimants to the economy’s spoils.
    Given that President Xi is quite happy to kill thousands of his countrymen to consolidate his political position, the lives of foreigners would be the merest trifle.

    So a war is coming. China is intent on it and there is nothing any other party can do about it. The question from here is what is the likely timing? As a thankyou to China for supporting Russia in its annexation of Crimea and parts of the eastern Ukraine, Russia is selling China six battalions of S-400 anti-aircraft missiles for $3 billion. Delivery is to be in 2016. The S-400 has a range of 400 km (more than twice that of the Patriot missile) and travels at 2,000 metres per second. A launcher based on Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratley Islands would cover the southern end of Palawan Island where the Marines are building a few bases. A launcher based in the Nanji Islands would cover the Senkaku Islands.

    The S-400 would give China a big advantage against the United States and its allies and it is tempting to think that China won’t attack until the systems are delivered and operational some time in 2016. However Egypt attacked Israel in the Yom Kippur War of 1973 ahead of getting delivery of more advanced weaponry from the Soviet Union. Israel had thought that the war they could see coming wouldn’t start until new weaponry was in place.

    The event that might be shaping the Chinese timetable could be the finding of the International Law of the Sea Tribunal on the Philippines’ claim against China over the South China Sea. This is likely by December 2015. It helps China’s position if they are always the aggrieved party and China may want to change facts on the ground to make the Tribunal’s decision redundant. If so, that explains why China’s island-making is currently so frantic.

    It is easy for a nasty and belligerent country like China to start a war but what of the aftermath? If China gets to retain the Senkakus and its bases in the Spratley Islands, then it wins and a Chinese version of the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere will be imposed on the region. For the United States and its allies to win and establish a permanent peace, then the Chinese have to be scraped off their newly dredged-up islands in the Spratleys at least. Those islands, having been created, will now have to be occupied to the end of time. Otherwise China will be back to create trouble again. So the United States will get a new airbase at Fiery Cross Reef and a defensive box of bases around it. It will be like a smaller version of Guam slap bang in the middle of southern Asia, with no sovereignty problems. But the United States will count its dead in this most unnecessary war and not thank China for the island’s creation.

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    They may be building up for a confrontation...soon.

    China getting three to five times as many submarines each year compared to the USA


    China is building some "fairly amazing submarines" and now has more diesel- and nuclear-powered vessels than the United States, a top U.S. Navy admiral told U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday, although he said their quality was inferior.

    Vice Admiral Joseph Mulloy, deputy chief of naval operations for capabilities and resources, told the House Armed Services Committee's seapower subcommittee that China was also expanding the geographic areas of operation for its submarines, and their length of deployment.

    Mulloy said the quality of China's submarines was lower than those built by the United States, but the size of its undersea fleet had now surpassed that of the U.S. fleet. A spokeswoman said the U.S. Navy had 71 commissioned U.S. submarines.

    In its last annual report to Congress about China's military and security developments, the Pentagon said China had 77 principal surface combatant ships, more than 60 submarines, 55 large and medium amphibious ships, and about 85 missile-equipped small combatants.


    The US Navy has a 30 year shipbuilding plan and there are Department of Defense (DoD) and Navy guidance documents. The USA is plans to get 2 to 3 submarines per year for the next 20 years.


    Congressional Report of China Navy Modernization

    Here is a report on China submarine acquistions.

    If China went from 52 subs in 2012 to more than 71 in early 2015 then China must have gotten about 10 per year in 2013 and 2014. China's military budget is increasing at about 10 to 15% per year for the next ten years or more. This means that China can sustain a 10+ submarine per year acquisition rate indefinitely.




    SOURCES - Congressional report on China Navy Modernization, US Naval Technology Roadmap, Reuters

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    They have been doing this for some time now.

    Wonder how many they have?

    SLBMs anyone?
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    Exclusive: China warns U.S. surveillance plane

    By Jim Sciutto, Chief National Security Correspondent
    Updated 8:32 PM ET, Wed May 20, 2015

    Above the South China Sea (CNN) - The Chinese navy issued warnings eight times as a U.S. surveillance plane on Wednesday swooped over islands that Beijing is using to extend its zone of influence.

    The series of man-made islands and the massive Chinese military build-up on them have alarmed the Pentagon, which is carrying out the surveillance flights in order to make clear the U.S. does not recognize China's territorial claims. The militarized islands have also alarmed America's regional allies.

    Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell told CNN's Erin Burnett Wednesday night that the confrontation indicates there is "absolutely" a risk of the U.S. and China going to war sometime in the future.

    A CNN team was given exclusive access to join in the surveillance flights over the contested waters, which the Pentagon allowed for the first time in order to raise awareness about the challenge posed by the islands and the growing U.S. response.

    CNN was aboard the P8-A Poseidon, America's most advanced surveillance and submarine-hunting aircraft, and quickly learned that the Chinese are themselves displeased by the U.S. pushback.

    "This is the Chinese navy ... This is the Chinese navy ... Please go away ... to avoid misunderstanding," a voice in English crackled through the radio of the aircraft in which CNN was present.

    This is the first time the Pentagon has declassified video of China's building activity and audio of Chinese challenges of a U.S. aircraft.

    The aircraft flew at 15,000 feet in the air at its lowest point, but the U.S. is considering flying such surveillance missions even closer over the islands, as well as sailing U.S. warships within miles of them, as part of the new, more robust U.S. military posture in the area.

    Soon after the Chinese communication was heard, its source appeared on the horizon seemingly out of nowhere: an island made by China some 600 miles from its coastline.

    The South China Sea is the subject of numerous rival -- often messy -- territorial claims over an area that includes fertile fishing grounds and potentially rich reserves of undersea natural resources. China is increasingly showing that even far from its mainland, it sees itself as having jurisdiction over the body of water.

    Wednesday's mission was specifically aimed at monitoring Chinese activities on three islands that months ago were reefs barely peaking above the waves. Now they are massive construction projects that the U.S. fears will soon be fully functioning military installations.

    China's alarming creation of entirely new territory in the South China Sea is one part of a broader military push that some fear is intended to challenge U.S. dominance in the region. Beijing is sailing its first aircraft carrier; equipping its nuclear missiles with multiple warheads; developing missiles to destroy us warships; and, now, building military bases far from its shores.

    That's exactly what Morell warned may be coming if China continues down its current path. He warned on CNN that "there's a real risk, when you have this kind of confrontation, for something bad happening."

    He added that China's aggressive growth hints at a broader trend as the Asian economic superpower continues to expand its influence and strength -- one that Morell said could "absolutely" lead to war between the U.S. and China.

    "China is a rising power. We're a status quo power. We're the big dog on the block ... They want more influence," he said. "Are we going to move a little bit? Are they going to push? How is that dance going to work out? This is a significant issue for the next President of the United States."

    War is "not in their interests, (and) it's not in our interests," Morell acknowledged.

    "But absolutely, it's a risk," he said.

    "I'm scratching my head like everyone else as to what's the (Chinese) end game here. We have seen increased activity even recently on what appears to be the building of military infrastructure," Capt. Mike Parker, commander of the fleet of P8 and P3 surveillance aircraft deployed to Asia, told CNN aboard the P8.

    "We were just challenged 30 minutes ago and the challenge came from the Chinese navy, and I'm highly confident it came from ashore, this facility here," Parker said of the Chinese message for the U.S. plane to move away, as he pointed to an early warning radar station on an expanded Fiery Cross Reef.

    In just two years, China has expanded these islands by 2,000 acres -- the equivalent of 1,500 football fields -- and counting, an engineering marvel in waters as deep as 300 feet.

    In video filmed by the P8's surveillance cameras, we see that in addition to early warning radar, Fiery Cross Reef is now home to military barracks, a lofty lookout tower and a runway long enough to handle every aircraft in the Chinese military. Some call it China's "unsinkable aircraft carrier."

    In a sign of just how valuable China views these islands to be, the new islands are already well protected.

    From the cockpit, Lt. Cmdr Matt Newman told CNN, "There's obviously a lot of surface traffic down there: Chinese warships, Chinese coast guard ships. They have air search radars, so there's a pretty good bet they're tracking us."

    The proof was loud and clear. The Chinese navy ordered the P8 out of the airspace eight times on this mission alone.

    Each time, the American pilots told them calmly and uniformly that the P8 was flying through international airspace.

    That answer sometimes frustrated the Chinese radio operator on the other end.

    Once he responds with exasperation: "This is the Chinese navy ... You go!"


    This is a military-to-military stand-off in the skies, but civilian aircraft can find themselves in the middle.

    As was heard on the first of several Chinese warning on the radio, the pilot of a Delta flight in the area spoke on the same frequency, quickly identifying himself as commercial. The voice on the radio then identified himself as "the Chinese Navy" and the Delta flight went on its way.

    The more China builds, U.S. commanders told CNN, the more frequently and aggressively the Chinese navy warns away U.S. military aircraft.

    Over Fiery Cross Reef and, later, Mischief Reef, fleets of dozens of dredgers could be seen hard at work, sucking sand off the bottom of the sea and blowing it in huge plumes to create new land above the surface, while digging deep harbors below.

    "We see this every day," Parker said. "I think they work weekends on this because we see it all the time."

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    US stations 1,200 special forces in Asia-Pacific


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    The USS Carl Vinson arrives in Hong Kong, May 22. (Photo/Xinhua)

    The United States Pacific Command has stationed more than 1,200 special forces troops in the Asia-Pacific along with the latest advancements in weapons technology to contain China's rising presence in the region, reports the Beijing-based Sina Military Network.

    The article points to comments made by the US defense secretary, Ashton Carter, during his recent 10-day tour of Asia-Pacific countries and attendance at the 14th Asia Security Summit in Singapore, during which he stressed the importance of the Asia Pacific to US interests, insisting that Washington is determined to create an atmosphere of trust, assist in resolving territorial disputes and ensure stability and safety in the region.

    In late April, shortly before he embarked on the trip, Carter also said at a speech at Stanford University that while the US welcomes China and India's rise, the Pentagon needs to maintain an American presence in the Asia-Pacific "because it's a reassurance to many there" given the role of the US in maintaining peace in the region over the past 70 years.

    America's most recent national military strategy issued in February made it clear that the US is, has been and always will be a Pacific nation, adding that Washington has maintained diverse relations with various Asian countries while also strengthening its military presence in the Asia Pacific for the sake of ensuring regional security. Indeed, the US has been active in building stronger ties with Japan, South Korea, Australia and the Philippines, and has also been exploring partnerships with Southeast Asian nations such as Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia.

    It is clear that the main competitor to US control of the region is China, said Sina Military, though Washington is also pursuing stronger ties with Beijing as it is in the interests of both sides. Accordingly, Washington needs to be prepared to resolve obstacles between the two sides through peaceful and diplomatic means, but it also needs to be ready for the possibility of a sudden conflict.

    The arm of the US armed forces responsible for the Asia Pacific is the United States Pacific Command, whose jurisdiction also includes Alaska and the North Pole, the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia. In total, the area of responsibility of the Pacific Command covers 36 counties — five of which have nuclear weapons — and more than 50% of the world's population and surface area.

    The service components of the Pacific Command include the army, navy, air force, marines and special forces. In terms of the army, the US Army Pacific Command is spearheaded by the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii and Alaska. Along with forces stationed in Japan, South Korea, Alaska, Hawaii, the US Army Pacific Command controls more than 106,000 troops in the Asia-Pacific, along with more than 300 planes and helicopters, as well as five subsidiary naval fleets.

    In the air, the US Pacific Air Forces have approximately 29,000 soldiers and staff as well as more than 300 aircraft stationed in Japan, South Korea, Alaska and Hawaii. On the seas, the US Pacific Fleet is powered by the Third Fleet covering the US west coast to the International Date Line, the Fifth Fleet from the Persian Gulf to the West Indian Ocean, and the Seventh Fleet headquartered in Japan, which is responsible for the Asia-Pacific region and controls 41 attack submarines, around 200 vessels and more than 600 aircraft, including five attack aircraft carrier battle groups and an amphibious battle group. The total manpower of the US Pacific Fleet is greater than 140,000.

    Meanwhile, two-thirds of the US Marines, or around 85,000 people, are stationed in the Asia Pacific, including the I Marine Expeditionary Force in California and the III Marine Expeditionary Force in Japan. In addition, there are more than 1,200 special forces troops scattered throughout the region, with access to the latest in US weapons technology.

    US Navy figures reveal that there are currently around 360,000 American officers in the Asia Pacific, a number that will likely increase as the Pentagon plans to station more than 60% of US Navy and Air Force vessels and aircraft to the region by 2020 along with the most advanced weapons and military equipment, including ship-based anti-missile weapons, new submarines, as well as reconnaissance, surveillance and early warning aircraft.

    According to Sina Military, US experts have identified their main security risks in the Asia Pacific as the rising terrorist threat among Southeast Asian countries, the development of nuclear weapons in North Korea, and China's nuclear potential. In particular, China's global influence and military might has been highlighted as a growing danger, with the DF-5 intercontinental ballistic missile being able to strike targets 13,000 kilometers away and sea-based ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads destroying targets within a 1,700-km radius.

    China will become the greatest threat to US security if it continues to upgrade its military prowess at the current pace, the article said, adding that a major regional conflict is not out of the question given that more than half of the military conflicts in the Asia-Pacific since midway through the 20th century — and 80% over the last 20 years — have involved China in some capacity.

    While some experts claim that Washington merely wants China to join the existing regional security structure, there is no way Beijing would agree to following US orders, Sina Military said. Instead, China will continue on the same path of executing its own strategies, including opposing US presence in the region and strengthening military ties with Russia, it added.


    PLA recalls retired NCOs for S China Sea contingency: Duowei


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    China's People's Liberation Army Navy has recently recalled all its non-commissioned officers who have retired over the last two years back into service for a potential military confrontation with the United States over the South China Sea, according to a June 17 piece published by Duowei News, a media outlet operated by overseas Chinese.

    Sources close to the PLA Navy said that the order was passed to the retired non-commissioned officers in two ways. They were either informed by the political bureaus of their original naval units or the local People's Armed Forces Departments. A retired NCO told Duowei that one of the reasons they are being recalled is that the PLA Navy needs more personnel to operate the new warships it has commissioned in recent years.

    However, sources said that the primary reason the PLA Navy recalled the officers is to prepare for a conflict with the United States and other claimants of the Spratly islands. The move to recall the officers, if it really is in preparation for a conflict, go against comments made by Lu Kang, spokesperson for the foreign ministry, stating that China has halted land reclamation in the region and is seeking a peaceful resolution to the ongoing disputes.

    In the past few years, China has commissioned new warships in massive numbers. With so many new warships ready for service, non-commissioned officers become very important as they are the ones with the technical experiences to operate the vessels.

    The Spratly islands, located in the resource-rich South China Sea, are claimed in part or in whole by China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei.
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    PLA could use neutron bomb in event of US invasion: Duowei


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    Concept art of a neutron bomb explosion. (Internet photo)


    Unconfirmed reports on various websites in China claim the People's Liberation Army possesses a neutron bomb and would use it as a last resort against a potential US invasion, Duowei News, a news outlet run by overseas Chinese reported on June 26.

    One online article said a neutron bomb could take out a US convoy of M1A2 Abrams main battle tank and M2A3 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, killing all military personnel without doing significant damage to the vehicles themselves.

    A neutron bomb sends a massive wave of neutron and gamma radiation that can penetrate armor or several feet of earth and is extremely destructive to living tissue. The bomb was developed to counter a potential Soviet invasion of Western Europe during the Cold War.

    General Zhang Aiping, former deputy chief of PLA's general staff department, wrote in a poem for the Communist party mouthpiece People's Daily on Sept. 21, 1977, only months after the US tested its first neutron bomb, that it would not be difficult for China to develop the weapon. On Dec. 19, 1984. China tested its first neutron bomb two years after Zhang was appointed defense minister.

    China successfully completed a neutron bomb test on Sept. 29, 1988.


    New missiles to be introduced to Chinese submarines


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    China's Type 094 Jin-class submarine will adopt JL-2 ballistic missiles. (Internet photo)


    The People's Liberation Army Navy has been developing new missiles for its newly developed submarines, according to Moscow-based Military Parade in a June 25 report.

    The PLA Navy currently uses Type 093 Shang-class nuclear-powered attack submarines and Type 039A Yuan-class and Type 039 Song-class diesel-electric submarines. These vessels are all currently equipped with YJ-82 cruise missiles. The YJ-82 is set to be replaced by the SS-N-13, however, which has an operational range of 222 kilometers, according to the website.

    China is currently carrying out tests on its Type 096 Tang-class ballistic missile submarine. JL-3 submarine-launched ballistic missiles are also being tested and will likely replace the JL-2 missile. Equipped with a multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle, the JL-2 can carry between three and four warheads. It is estimated to have an attack range of 7,400 kilometers. When launched from the waters east of Hawaii, the entire United States is in range of the JL-2 missile.

    With only a single JL-2, China would be capable of striking between three and four US targets. China is also developing a new third-generation attack-submarine, the Type 095, the website reported. The PLA Navy will use this new submarine to attack enemy surface combat vessels 100 nautical miles away, the website said.

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    US Navy Sets Timetable for Regular 'Provocations' in South China Sea

    A week after Washington sent a warship near artificial islands in the South China Sea, an American defense official said the US Navy plans to continue to conduct patrols in the disputed waters.Last week, the USS Lassen, a missile destroyer, sailed within 12 nautical miles of artificial islands in the South China Sea in a direct challenge to China's territorial claims.

    A US defense official on Monday told Reuters that the Navy will conduct similar patrols in the region "about twice a quarter or a little more than that."



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    "That's the right amount to make it regular but not a constant poke in the eye. It meets the intent to regularly exercise our rights under international law and remind the Chinese and others about our view."

    Washington does not recognize China's claims to almost all of the South China Sea, which is home to major shipping routes. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan also have overlapping claims.

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    US-China war 'inevitable' unless Washington drops demands over South China Sea

    China has vowed to step up its presence in the South China Sea in a provocative new military white paper, amid warnings that a US-China war is "inevitable" unless Washington drops its objections to Beijing's activities.


    Chinese dredging vessels in the waters around Mischief Reef

    In the new policy document published on Tuesday, China outlined its plans to shift from a defensive military posture to placing emphasis on offensive capabilities.

    Claiming that it faces a "grave and complex array of security threats", including challenges to its sovereignty over the South China Sea, the policy document released by the State Council says the military will step up its "open seas protection".


    The on-going reclamation by China at Subi reef seen from Pagasa island


    China's forces will no longer be limited to defence of the nation's territory but will project its military power further beyond its borders at sea and more assertively in the air in order to safeguard its maritime possessions, the white paper states.

    While the air force will shift focus from "territorial air defence" to both offence and defence, the Chinese army will increase its global mobility and its artillery will improve its "medium and long-range precision strikes", it said.

    In an editorial in The Global Times, a tabloid owned by the Chinese Communist Party through another newspaper, the paper described the construction of runways, harbour facilities and buildings on the disputed Spratly Islands as the nation's "most important bottom line".http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...China-Sea.html
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    The US military-intelligence complex is engaged in systematic preparations for World War III. As far as the Pentagon is concerned, a military conflict with China and/or Russia is inevitable, and this prospect has become the driving force of its tactical and strategic planning.

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    Chinese General Calls for Attack on American Finances

    by Kevin D. Freeman on February 17, 2016


    We have long warned that Unrestricted Warfare was underway and that its initial attack would be on our markets and finance.


    This was the strategy outlined in 1999 by two Senior Colonels in a book published by PLA Press, the official publisher of the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA). One of the authors of that 17-year old book just wrote an op-ed calling for an attack on American finances, according to an article in the Epoch Times:

    Chinese General Says ‘Contain the United States’ by Attacking Its Finances

    By Joshua Philipp, Epoch Times | February 16, 2016

    A major general in the Chinese military is calling for China to contain the United States by attacking its finances.

    “That’s the way to control America’s lifeblood,” writes Maj. Gen. Qiao Liang, a professor at the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) National Defense University, in an op-ed published in China Military Online, the official mouthpiece of the PLA.

    “To effectively contain the United States, other countries shall think more about how to cut off the capital flow to the United States while formulating their strategies,” he writes.
    Most Americans have never heard of Unrestricted Warfare. In fact, I personally introduced it to a former CIA Director (who had never seen the book) as well as numerous members of the IC (Intelligence Community), and various Senators and Congressmen. Most were horrified at the obvious plan to displace America. A few dismissed the concern, claiming the book was “not at all anti-American.”

    One Amazon reviewer (in 2005) even attempted to dismiss the book as more a literary piece of creative writing than a strategic plan for war:



    A similar opinion was also promoted by the senior China analyst at a major American defense/intelligence agency in Washington. I was told that I had completely misunderstood the book, that it was akin to a work of fiction, that China had no negative intentions for America, etc. We had a lively debate at a special briefing inside that intelligence agency. After the debate, the head of the agency shared that he was pleased that I had gotten the truth across. He said that he had to bring me in from Texas because so many in Washington had bought into the benign China propaganda.

    Anyone who has bothered to read the Unrestricted Warfare book and fairly studied Chinese activity since 1999 knows better, as demonstrated in these quotes in Epoch Times:

    The U.S. has been in a protracted economic war that includes information war and financial war—and it’s increasing. — Casey Fleming, CEO, BLACKOPS Partners Corporation

    Proposed Chinese strategies such as this should be taken seriously, according to Casey Fleming, CEO of BLACKOPS Partners Corporation, which provides intelligence and cyber strategy to the Fortune 500.
    “It’s extremely critical. It’s extremely serious,” said Fleming, noting that China is already waging a full-scale economic war on the United States using methods including cyberattacks, conventional espionage, and currency manipulation.

    “The financial throttling is all part of economic warfare,” Fleming said. “The United States has been in a protracted economic war that includes information war and financial war—and it’s increasing.”

    Unfortunately, China’s influence in Washington has created a willful blindness so that even very clear and obvious threats are ignored. In our last post, we listed three lies of socialism. The third lie is that “America is permanently rich.” Deceived policymakers assume that no one, not even China could hurt our finances which of course is ludicrous as we have continually demonstrated.
    One honest China authority is Michael Pillsbury, author of The Hundred Year Marathon. I have met with and briefed Mr. Pillsbury on several occasions including inside the Pentagon. Consider this from a recent NY Post review of his book:

    …Michael Pillsbury, an expert on China who has worked with every US president since Nixon and has, he writes, “arguably had more access to China’s military and intelligence establishment than any other Westerner,” …

    In a sense, the new book “The Hundred-Year Marathon” is Pillsbury’s mea culpa. He readily admits that, as a key influencer of US government policy toward China for the past four decades, he had long been one of many in the federal government pushing the US toward full cooperation with China, including heavy financial and technological support, under the belief that the country was headed in a more democratic, free-market direction.

    “Looking back, it was painful that I was so gullible,” he writes.

    Pillsbury notes that he and many other China experts were taught early on to view China as “a helpless victim of Western imperialists” and that as such, assistance should be provided almost unquestioningly.

    Now, he says, he has come to consider this view — which he now believes came about as a result of intentional deception and misdirection on the part of the Chinese — as “the most systemic, significant and dangerous intelligence failure in American history.”

    “We believed that American aid to a fragile China whose leaders thought like us would help China become a democratic and peaceful power without ambitions of . . . global dominance,” he writes.
    “We underestimated the influence of China’s hawks. Every one of the assumptions behind that belief was wrong — dangerously so.”

    “For decades,” Pillsbury adds, “the US government has freely handed over sensitive information, technology, military know-how, intelligence and expert advice to the Chinese. Indeed, so much has been provided for so long that . . . there is no full accounting. And what we haven’t given the Chinese, they’ve stolen.”

    That alone is damning for all those who have been coerced into a benign view of China.

    We also know that a top China analyst inside the DIA was caught, admitted, and was convicted of passing Top Secret information to China. A senior official bluntly characterized him as a “spy for China.” That was just one conviction, however. Many others worry about the continuing influence of a group “called the Red Team by critics and … known to harshly criticize or discredit anyone who questions or criticizes China’s communist government and its activities.” The Red Team is described as “an influential group of China affairs specialists in the U.S. government and private sector who share similar benign views of China.”
    The influence sadly did not diminish with the conviction of the Chinese spy. In fact, the convicted spy’s reported protegé, also a senior China analyst, was later reportedly reprimanded for supporting his now-convicted mentor.

    Yet, he remained in his very senior position, influencing American policy.

    So, the dismissals inside Washington ring hollow. China is a threat and the Chinese have an Unrestricted Warfare playbook. This was made even more obvious recently, with the public call for China to attack American finances. That is an amazing thought as China has been struggling economically. But it clearly coordinates with the official policy to “de-Americanize” the world. It matches with efforts to create a complete alternative to the Western financial system that already has buy-in from most of the rest of the world including our allies. It is sort of like the poker game. If you don’t know who the sucker is at the table, it is probably you. It is increasingly apparent that America is the sucker at the global table.

    If we imagine that Colonel Qiao Liang is simply a novelist, why has he been promoted to Major General and made a professor at the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) National Defense University? And, if he doesn’t speak for the PLA, why is he allowed to write an op-ed for China Military Online, the official mouthpiece of the PLA? And if the now Major General has no belligerence toward the United States, why does he praise the 9/11 attacks?

    Qiao then praises the economic impact on the United States caused by the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He states, “Apart from political and mental impact, a much heavier blow was that it drove more than US $300 billion out of the country within a month.”

    The Epoch Times article does a good job of explaining the Unrestricted Warfare strategy. Here are some additional critical quotes from their 16 February article:

    Qiao is one of the leading voices on China’s uses of economic warfare, and its broader military strategies using unconventional warfare.

    In “Unrestricted Warfare,” Qiao and Wang promoted the use of terrorism, cyberattacks, legal warfare (also called “lawfare”), and economic warfare against the United States.
    Qiao and Wang argued the U.S. military limits its view of military advancement to technology, and largely ignores unconventional warfighting environments—especially when it comes to economic attacks. They said the United States was vulnerable in this regard, and that China could target these vulnerabilities militarily.

    While “Unrestricted Warfare” was published 17 years ago, many of the strategies it proposed can now be seen playing out. It has remained one of the main texts cited by experts on the Chinese regime’s use of cyberattacks and other forms of unconventional warfare.

    Qiao’s recent op-ed plays with some similar concepts, but says the Chinese military should leverage geopolitics to attack the United States financially.

    The Chinese have been promoting a narrative that Americans are attacking their economy. Last summer, there was a direct claim we had been crashing their stock market:

    More recently, China has warned George Soros to not interfere with their currency. Remember that in 1999, the Unrestricted Warfare text basically called Soros a “financial terrorist” and alluded to the idea that he was acting on behalf of the American government and Federal Reserve. While many would find this latter notion laughable, this calling out of Soros could be laying the groundwork for justifying a retaliatory attack on the United States. And, the book Unrestricted Warfare explains that a “single, manmade stock market crash” is a new concept weapon. One of the books author’s, now a Major General in the PLA, has just called for that weapon’s deployment.

    In this election season, we should demand that every candidate acknowledge this threat and provide a plan to address it. I have personally briefed many candidates at all levels, including a number of those vying for the White House. If you’d like me to brief your candidate or representative, send us a message through the Secret Weapon website. If you’d like to learn how to protect your finances, check out NSIC.org.

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    There are always Chinese generals spouting nonsense.

    The Chinese hold a ton of US paper and the US is responsible for a significant portion of the Chinese economy.

    Maybe this guy can shoot himself in the dick to punish his balls? It'll be about as effective.
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    China’s Military Wants to Put Its Nukes on a Hair Trigger
    March 31, 2016 By Gregory Kulacki

    If Barack Obama gets one thing done at the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit, it should be dissuading Xi Jinping from doing this.

    Even as Chinese President Xi Jinping strides into the final Nuclear Security Summit today in Washington, D.C., he is considering a dangerous policy change: The Chinese military is asking to put its nuclear missiles on hair-trigger alert so they can be launched immediately upon detecting an incoming attack. President Barack Obama should encourage his counterpart to carefully consider such a change, because it would dramatically increase the risk of an accidental or mistaken nuclear launch against the United States or its allies.

    China’s previous political leaders believed prudence demanded they wait and ride out a nuclear attack—should it come—before retaliating later at a time and place of their choosing. Their strategic patience was celebrated, at home and abroad, as a responsible expression of confidence that would discourage any enemy, including the United States, from attacking China with nuclear weapons in the first place.

    But the current commander-in-chief is a new kind of leader. Xi appears to be a man in a hurry, and he has said he wants to make the Chinese military better prepared to fight and win wars, not simply prevent them.

    Chinese military strategists expressed their desire to put the country’s nuclear weapons on high alert three years ago. Their language is labored but the meaning is clear:

    When conditions are prepared and when necessary, we can, under conditions confirming the enemy has launched nuclear missiles against us, before the enemy nuclear warheads have reached their targets and effectively exploded, before they have caused us actual nuclear damage, quickly launch a nuclear missile retaliatory strike.

    The strategists argue this is necessary to protect China from being disarmed of its roughly 150 nuclear missiles by a U.S. first strike, even a conventional one. China’s liquid-fueled ICBMs are fixed in identifiable silos and take time to prepare for launch. The military also has mobile solid-fueled ICBMs, but planners worry that mobility is less of a guarantee of survival than it used to be, given U.S. surveillance capabilities. A modest expansion is underway that includes replacing the large single warheads on the liquid-fueled missiles with two or three smaller ones. But the strategists worry that even this expansion will not be enough to guarantee an ability to retaliate.

    Chinese engineers know U.S. ballistic missile defense isn’t ready for prime time. Given the countermeasures problem, it may never be. But the strategists aren’t engineers. They simply cannot believe the U.S. government would dump that much money into something that couldn’t work. China has been surprised by new military technology before. The strategists are wary the United States could scale up the size and capabilities of U.S. missile defenses. And they worry that even a marginally effective future BMD system might be able to ward off what few Chinese nuclear missiles survive a first strike to be launched in retaliation.

    This is why the military strategists want Xi to put China’s nuclear missiles on high alert: they feel they need to be able to launch them before they are destroyed. And in their minds, at least, a Chinese launch on warning is still a second strike.

    Moreover, they wonder, if the United States and Russia keep missiles on high alert, why shouldn’t China?

    If Xi finds the case made by his military strategists compelling, he will be overlooking something important. The early warning systems needed to detect and confirm an incoming nuclear attack have been known to give false warning, especially in the early years of their operation. Even if the warning was real, would the Chinese operators be able to distinguish an incoming conventional strike from a nuclear strike? Would that matter if they thought the conventional strike was aimed at their nuclear forces? If China’s military stands up such a system and is given permission to launch on warning, it would create the risk of an accidental or mistaken nuclear launch against the United States.

    Avoiding this risk should be a high priority for the White House, especially at a summit focused on nuclear security.

    Xi may respond by encouraging Obama to take a harder look at the United States’ own nuclear weapons policy. The U.S. military currently keeps its 450 land-based ICBMs on alert and maintains the option to launch them quickly, even though it has submarine-launched long-range missiles that provide a survivable retaliatory force.

    If the only outcome of Obama’s final nuclear security summit is that both nations see the folly of keeping nuclear forces on high alert, history will record it as a turning point in the effort to reduce the risk of nuclear war.



    China to Deploy World's Longest-Range Nuclear Missile
    By Loren Gutentag
    Thursday, 31 Mar 2016 10:01 AM

    While President Barack Obama prepares to meet China's President Xi Jinping at a nuclear security summit in Washington on Thursday, the Financial Times reports that a new generation of Chinese intercontinental ballistic missiles with a 14,500 km estimated range may come into service as early as this year.

    The Financial Times reports the DF-41 would be the first Chinese missile that's not only capable of carrying multiple warheads, but can also strike any part of the U.S. from anywhere in China.

    "Given the number of real reported tests, it is reasonable to speculate the DF-41 will be deployed to PLA Strategic Rocket Force bases in 2016," said Richard Fisher, senior fellow at the International Assessment and Strategy Center in Washington.

    The newest missile is China's latest attempt to join the U.S. and Russia, the world leaders in stockpiled warheads.

    However, Fisher told the Financial Times that western estimates for total Chinese warheads are between 200 and 400 while the U.S., according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, has a stockpile of 4,760.

    But, despite his current estimates, Fisher added that "we will see a period of rapid increases in the numbers of China's nuclear warheads that can reach the United States."

    The alleged deployment of the DF-41 was first reported by Canada-based military journal Kanwa Asian Defense.


    China Set to Deploy Nuke-Equipped Ballistic Missile Capable of Reaching US

    01:08 01.04.2016 (updated 03:22 01.04.2016)

    As Chinese President Xi Jinping meets counterparts in Washington DC for the Nuclear Security Summit, military experts suggest that Beijing could soon be in possession of intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the continental United States

    US military experts have raised concerns over China’s DF-41 intercontinental ballistic missile.

    "Given the number of real reported tests, it is reasonable to speculate the DF-41 will be deployed to PLA Strategic Rocket Force bases in 2016," said Richard Fisher, senior fellow at the International Assessment and Strategy Center, according to the Financial Times.

    The missile has an estimated range of 9,000 miles and is the first in Beijing’s arsenal to be capable of delivering multiple warheads to any part of the US from any location on the Chinese mainland. Unlike previous Chinese missiles, the DF-41 is not limited to a silo, and can be deployed with a mobile launcher.

    Until 2008, China was believed to have only 20 nuclear warheads. According to Fisher, that number has now ballooned to between 200 and 400.

    This is still a far cry from the arsenal of the United States, which is believed to comprise some 4,760 nuclear warheads.

    "We will see a period of rapid increases in the numbers of China’s nuclear warheads that can reach the United States," Fisher said.

    The Chinese military has made a number of advancements in recent years. The DF-21D "carrier-killer" has already made US Navy vessels vulnerable in the Pacific. The newer DF-26 model is also capable of delivering a nuclear warhead.

    "That 'change the warhead, not the missile' feature provides a rapid switch between nuclear and conventional," Andrew Erickson wrote for the China Youth Daily newspaper last December.

    "It can move fast, and it has no strict demands for where it is launched. So that is helpful to movement of missile forces all over and in concealment, and it is helpful to the rapid deployment, rapid launch, and rapid displacement of combat elements."

    The paper added that the DF-26 was aimed at deterring conflict in the South China Sea, where the United States has conducted a number of patrols near Beijing’s contested land reclamation projects.

    The People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLA) is also developing a fifth-generation J-20 stealth fighter, which should enter service in 2017.

    "Once the tests are carried out successfully, small-scale production will begin and the PLA Air Force will become the world’s second user of a fifth-generation stealth fighter (following the United States Air Force)," Wang Ya’nan, deputy editor-in-chief of Aerospace Knowledge magazine, told China Daily.


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    US: China rejects Hong Kong port call by US aircraft carrier



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    FILE - In this photo Dec. 1, 2014 file photo, the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis seen near Bremerton, Wash. China recently denied a request from the U.S. aircraft carrier Stennis for a port visit in Hong Kong, the State Department said Friday, April 29, 2016, in an apparent sign of mounting tension in the disputed South China Sea. (Larry Steagall/Kitsap Sun via AP)







    WASHINGTON (AP) — China recently denied a request from a U.S. aircraft carrier for a port visit in Hong Kong, the State Department said Friday, in an apparent sign of mounting tension in the disputed South China Sea.
    Defense Secretary Ash Carter and his Philippine counterpart visited the carrier, USS John C. Stennis, in those waters two weeks ago, a move that irked Beijing.
    Gabrielle Price, spokeswoman for East Asia, said the department was recently informed that a request for a visit by the Stennis and accompanying vessels was denied. She said the U.S. has a long record of successful port visits to Hong Kong, including a current visit by the USS Blue Ridge, and it expects that will continue.
    She referred further inquiries to the Chinese government.
    The Chinese Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
    The Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post quoted China's Foreign Ministry as saying that port calls by U.S. warships were examined on a "case by case basis."

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    Pentagon: China Restructures for War

    Details of island building in S. China Sea disclosed

    May 13, 2016
    By Bill Gertz


    China’s military underwent a major restructuring last year in a bid to prepare its military for conflict, the Pentagon said in its latest annual assessment of the Communist Party-controlled People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

    The armed forces were reformed with new military regions, a new command structure, and updated strategies to better fight regional, high technology warfare, the 145-page report to Congress says.

    “These reforms aim to strengthen the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) control over the military, enhance the PLA’s ability to conduct joint operations, and improve its ability to fight short-duration, high-intensity regional conflicts at greater distances from the Chinese mainland,” the report said.

    Abraham Denmark, deputy assistant defense secretary for East Asia, told reporters the military reforms “are intended to enhance the PLA’s ability to conduct joint operations by replacing the old military regions with new geographic commands.”

    “Our approach focuses on reducing risk, expanding common ground, and maintaining our military superiority,” Denmark said.

    As part of its military strategy, China continued to expand its building of new islands in the South China Sea where military forces can be used to control the strategic waterway linking the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

    From some of the 3,200 acres of new islands, “China will be able to use them as persistent civil-military bases to enhance its long-term presence in the South China Sea significantly,” the report said.


    China also is asserting sovereignty over Japan’s Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.

    Beijing has been careful to avoid a confrontation with the United States over the maritime disputes and used “coercive tactics short of armed conflict” in pressing its policies, the report said.

    The PLA continued a major build up of military forces across the range of weapons and troops, including large numbers of new missiles, warships, aircraft, along with cyber warfare capabilities and space weaponry.


    The report said among the challenges for the Chinese military is widespread corruption that ensnared more than 40 senior PLA officers in illegal activities since 2012, including the PLA’s most senior officer.

    Chinese leader Xi Jinping has told the PLA to prepare to “fight and win” battles, and the Pentagon said the slogan is an indication Chinese leaders are concerned the military, which has not fought a war in more than 30 years, may not fare well in modern combat.

    The Chinese military restructuring was announced late last year when China set up five new regional “theaters” out of seven military regions and restructured its military command system and services.

    The separate nuclear and conventional missile service, Second Artillery Corps, was renamed the Rocket Force.

    A new Strategic Support Force was created that includes the military intelligence service, and space warfare and cyber warfare forces, key elements of China’s asymmetric strategy aimed at defeating more advanced U.S. forces in a war.

    The report reveals that China is expanding its ability to conduct military operations far from Chinese territory. However, fighting a war over Taiwan remains the PLA’s top priority.

    “China is expanding its access to foreign ports to pre-position the necessary logistics support to regularize and sustain deployments in the ‘far seas,’ waters as distant as the Indian Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, and Atlantic Ocean,” the report said.


    The report included detailed satellite photos of disputed South China Sea islands where military facilities are being built.

    Last year, China sped up island building in the Spratly Islands, claimed by China, Philippines, Taiwan, and other states in the region.

    In early October, island building was completed and the Chinese began building infrastructure including three 9,800-foot runways, communications, and surveillance gear.

    The construction indicates China “is attempting to bolster its de facto control by improving military and civilian infrastructure in the South China Seas.”

    The airfields, harbors, and resupply facilities will allow China to “detect and challenge” rival claimants to the island and increase the military capabilities available to China and short their deployment times.

    The report shows before-and-after pictures of seven disputed Spratly islands, including Fiery Cross Reef where a major buildup took place on 663 new acres of the island.



    China’s missile buildup is one of the most prominent features of the PLA arsenal with new missiles and the addition of multiple warheads on both new and older systems.

    The report also revealed that China is planning a new long-range stealth bomber that would give Beijing a nuclear triad along with ground- and sea-based strategic missiles.


    China “is developing and testing several new classes and variants of offensive missiles, including a hypersonic glide vehicle; forming additional missile units; upgrading older missile systems; and developing methods to counter ballistic missile defenses,” the report said.

    Several new attack and ballistic missile submarines also have been built and are continuing to be deployed.

    China is also building up its space warfare capabilities, and last year, it advanced work on an anti-satellite missile tested in July 2014.

    A section of the report on China’s energy strategy reveals that China will remain heavily dependent on foreign oil. Sixty percent of its oil was imported in 2015, and by 2035, Beijing will be importing 80 percent of its oil.

    Energy supplies are vulnerable to disruption as some 83 percent of China’s oil currently passes through the South China Sea and Strait of Malacca.

    Land pipelines are being built from Russia and Kazakhstan as part of efforts to maintain a supply chain that is less susceptible to disruption.

    The report described China’s development of long-range precision attack capabilities as “extraordinarily rapid.”

    Ten years ago China’s military had a limited capability to strike targets beyond the 100-mile-wide Taiwan Strait. “Today, however, China is fielding an array of conventionally armed short-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs), as well as ground- and air-launched land-attack cruise missiles (LACMs), special operations forces (SOF), and cyber warfare capabilities to hold targets at risk throughout the region,” the report said.

    “U.S. bases in Japan are in range of a growing number of Chinese [medium-range ballistic missiles] as well as a variety of [land-attack cruise missiles],” the report said, adding that Guam could be targeted by long-range cruise missiles on H-6K bombers that conducted the first flights into the Pacific last year.

    The DF-26 missile also was unveiled at a military parade and can conduct precision attacks on Guam, a major U.S. military hub and a key base for the Pentagon’s pivot to Asia.

    Land-attack cruise missiles also are far more accurate and can strike enemy airbases, logistic centers, communications, and other ground-based infrastructure.

    In a future conflict, the PLA plans to attack supply centers and power projection capabilities that are used in coordinating transportation, communications, and logistics.

    China’s military spending was estimated in the report to be greater than $180 billion but could be larger because of Chinese secrecy. The report estimates the budget will grow to $260 billion by 2020.

    The report contains a section explaining that the PLA remains a politicized “Party army” rather than a traditional national armed force.

    Chinese state media rejects the notion of an apolitical national army because Chinese leaders regard the Soviet Communist Party lack of control over the military as a key factor in the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.

    One new reform was creating a Political Work Department within the PLA to maintain party control. “The PLA’s political work system is the primary means through which the CCP ‘controls the gun’ in accordance with Mao Zedong’s famous dictum that ‘political power grows out of the barrel of a gun,’” the report says.

    Control mechanisms include political commissars, a Party committee system, and Party investigative units.

    The Pentagon’s policy, according to the report, seeks to “deepen practical cooperation” while managing differences, a policy that critics say has led to misunderstanding China’s growing official animosity toward the United States.

    The solution offered in the report for dealing with the increasing Chinese military threat is to “monitor and adapt” to the buildup and encourage Beijing to end the secrecy of its strategy and arms buildup.

    The report made no mention of China’s growing anti-American stance as reflected in both state-run media and official military writings.

    In 2013, China’s Communist Party-affiliated newspaper Global Times published a detailed report on future nuclear attacks on the western United States showing how the strikes would kill 12 million Americans through blast and radiation.

    The Obama administration and Pentagon made no condemnation of the unprecedented nuclear threat.

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