Myth: China Is a Military Threat

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aircraftcarrierChina Has Learned Not to Wage War

China is one of the world’s oldest civilisations. In a huge, influential country ruled by warlords and threatened by external enemies, the Chinese often pioneered new military technology (inventing gunpowder in the 9th century).

Modern Chinese strategists know their history; they still follow the teachings of Sun Tzu, a General who wrote The Art of War around 500BC. Two of Sun’s maxims were:

* Choose a strategy which focuses on an enemy’s weaknesses

* Preferably do not wage war at all

For example, the largest copper mine in Afghanistan is being quietly run by the Chinese, who are building a railway from it into China; no military personnel are involved.

The Greatest US Weakness is the Pentagon’s Power

The Chinese correctly see that the greatest US weakness is the Pentagon’s stranglehold on US foreign and domestic policy. With military industry interests in every political constituency, over-powerful lobbyists rebuff any major Pentagon budget cuts.

This is slowly but surely bringing the US economy to its knees, and destroying the morale and health, let alone lives, of young Americans.

China is Fooling the Pentagon

Sun Tzu taught China not to confront the US militarily. Instead, China’s strategy is to fool the Pentagon with glimpses of new weapons systems, but without any intention of matching the US capability. Two examples:

* China’s J-20 stealth fighter. In January 2011, despite China’s notorious secrecy, a prototype was photographed for the first time as the US Defense Secretary visited Beijing. The Pentagon used this to justify no cuts to the US F-35 stealth fighter programme. US stealth aircraft technology is some 20 years ahead of China’s. The F-35 programme is the most costly in military aviation history, yet still has unresolved problems.

* China’s first aircraft-carrier. China has one small, ex-Soviet aircraft-carrier, with no strike or fighter aircraft to operate from it. Instead, China has revealed a new anti-ship ballistic missile system which, with its increasingly capable submarine force, would have little difficulty in taking out US carriers if they threaten China. Meanwhile, it released a video of a design for a Chinese supercarrier, since found to be a hoax.

This strategy is also weakening the economies of Japan and South Korea.

China Wants Equal Treatment

As a leading economic power, China is slowly modernising its relatively weak military forces, primarily for prestige reasons. It feels entitled to defend its interests in its own backyard, especially when history is on its side regarding the disputed islands in the East and South China Seas. Its recently established Air Defence Identification Zone was a long-delayed response, under severe provocation from the US and Japan, to the Japanese ADIZ. The US, Russia, UK and France  have had their own unilaterally declared zones for years.

China has begun restoring a “level playing field” in its sphere of influence. However, this entails a growing risk of confrontation, because of the belligerent responses of the US and its local allies.

THANKS to Rob Green for the above.

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3 Comments

  1. Preferably do not wage war at all? Seriously who are you trying fool? China is no victim of war! it is an aggressor which still illegally occupied Tibet, East Turkistan, Inner Mongolia, Paracel islands, and some of Spartly islands. China started military adventurism and aggression on Vietnam 17 times in the last 2,400 years.

  2. China is not a credible military threat to the United States, nor economically as their economy is built and based off the United States’. If I were to hazard a guess, China only wants to become a economic powerhouse but lacks to political and cultural landscape to do so, I want China to change to embrace peace and prosperity and democracy, I think with a U.S. & Chinese alliance, the world would become a better place, and hopefully give the U.N. the ability to supersede the U.S. as the dominant global police and have real power to stop genocide, and terror, etc. Together I think China and the U.S. could change the world for the better, and make a more peaceful tomorrow, but corruption and the communist system they have in place needs to change in favor of the common/individual Chinese citizen first and get rid of the one-party monopoly, without doing so China can’t compete militarily, though they certainly have proven themselves more capable of defending themselves than ever before and hopefully that will foster a new era of free-thinking, happy, peaceful, and Chinese citizens; with their 1.3/4 billion citizens and natural resources/focus on education China can very well be a force for good as is the U.S. and I look forward to that alliance/goodwill. No nation nor group of nations would dare challenge that, and for that reason were it to happen China/U.S. can change the world, bring permanent peace, and as a species we can advance technologically, culturally, and for the betterment of mankind for all.

  3. The problem is the US wants 100% security for itself. That means in a war it expects to destroy/defeat China with minimal costs like in the war against SH.
    Well,well. China may not be in the same league with the Pentagon but by golly they would make it crystal clear to whoever win the Presidency,any war aint going to worth the cost/cake walk.

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