Patrick Cronin, an Asian security expert with the Democrat-leaning Center for New American Security, has been named to the plum post of director of a key Pentagon think tank, the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies.
The appointment was announced March 10 in a notice from the center that said Mr. Cronin was approved by Defense Secretary James Mattis.
While Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said Mr. Mattis “was not involved in this decision” that was made before President Trump took office in January, the selection has set off criticism among conservative China analysts who are concerned about Mr. Cronin’s views and writings on China. However, the key eyebrow-raiser for critics was Mr. Cronin’s signing of an anti- Trump protest letter last year. Continue reading
Yemen’s strategic Red Sea port, through which some 4 million barrels of oil flow daily to Middle Eastern markets, is becoming a focal point in the proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and China is the only power with the economic deal-making leverage to keep this from becoming much more than a proxy battle.
The Red Sea port, near the Bab al-Mandab strait, is currently controlled by Yemen’s Shi’ite Houthis, and whoever maintains control of it has a strategic advantage. This port is a pathway connection the Middle East (where the world’s largest proven oil reserves are) and Sub-Saharan Africa (a region expected to see a four-fold increase in energy demand by 2040), making it a coveted geopolitical prize for regional powers, but a livelihood-destroying burden for Yemen’s residents. Continue reading
Over the last couple of years it has been said several times that Asian nations can no longer consider the United States a reliable partner. Its military has been decimated by budget cuts, technical problems (think F-35) and politics. The Obama administration had thrown into doubt the protection of Taiwan and Japan should either or both go to war with China. Asian nations see this and they don’t want to take chances on dealing with a bi-polar United States that changes policy whenever and whichever direction the wind blows with every new administration.
So, simply put, President Duterte has confirmed and cemented the the continuous prediction:
You take a gamble on a shaky alliance with the United States, go to war and see what happens. Maybe you’ll be defended, maybe you won’t. Maybe you won’t be offered full protection of the U.S. forces.
You play it safe, abandon the old club and join the club, and guarantee yourself not to get crushed in 48 hours by the Asian juggernaut.
Because of this realization, the day is coming where an Asian bloc will form under a Chinese protectorate. The vacuum is already there and is starting to be filled.
For further information, see the following (handful of many) articles:
‘What will I do? Declare a war against China? I can, but we’ll all lose our military and policemen tomorrow,’ President Duterte said this week.
In the mid-1990s Beijing reassured Manila that structures it was building atop Mischief Reef, near the Philippines in the South China Sea, were merely fishermen’s shelters. Today China has a militarized island at that “shelter,” complete with a runway and large anti-aircraft guns.
A similar progression could begin this year at the currently undeveloped Scarborough Shoal, which China seized from the Philippines in 2012. For Beijing, an installation there would go a long way toward establishing effective control over the waterway, creating a strategic triangle in conjunction with other facilities it’s built in the sea in recent years. Continue reading
CHINA has deployed a range of highly accurate ballistic missiles capable of launching precise strikes against US military bases amid increasing tensions in the region.
The bases in Okinawa, Taiwan, are within range of the missiles, as relations between the two super-powers continue to decline.
In January, China revealed war with the US is now a “practical reality” as military officials prepare to “retaliate decisively” to any of Donald Trump’s new policies they consider to be a threat. Continue reading
China and Russia are experiencing what is arguably their “highest period of bilateral [military] co-operation”, according to a 20 March report published by the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission. Continue reading
Another large part of the problem is that the United States has become reactive and not proactive.
Congress told reforms needed to counter foreign disinformation from Russia, China
Foreign nations including China and Russia along with the Islamic State are conducting information warfare against the United States and the federal government is ill prepared to counter it, information warfare experts told Congress on Wednesday.
“To date, there is not a single individual in the U.S. government below the president of the United States who is responsible and capable of managing U.S. information dissemination and how we address our adversaries in the information environment,” said Michael Lumpkin, until recently the director of the State Department’s Global Engagement Center that seeks to counter online terrorist propaganda. Continue reading
Taiwan said for the first time publicly that it is capable of launching missiles at China, as the government on Thursday unveiled a major defence report warning of increased risk of Chinese invasion.
China still sees Taiwan as part of its territory to be brought back into its fold, by force if necessary, even though the island has been self-governing since the two sides split after a civil war in 1949.
Ties have worsened since Beijing-sceptic President Tsai Ing-wen took power last year, ending an eight-year rapprochement. Continue reading
News on nano weapons has now gone mainstream, albeit one article. However, they are not new and have been discussed by experts who published information on them at least as far back as 2004. Take the following articles by Lev Navrozov at the World Tribune, for example:
The next world war will be waged with nano-weapons (Thursday, September 4, 2008)
Molecular nano weapons in China vs. U.S. ‘unilateral disarmament’ (Monday, March 15, 2004)
China’s nano weapons and its doctrine of ‘Unrestricted War’ (Monday, October 15, 2007)
Molecular Nano weapons: Research in China and talk in the West (February 29, 2004)
Roadside bombs? U.S. soldier sees death ‘out of the East in slow motion’ (November 7, 2005)
Must I praise China as Walter Duranty glorified the USSR? (Thursday, April 16, 2009)
Does the CIA know anything about China’s weaponized nanotechnology? (Thursday, May 28, 2009)
It is also within Lev’s archive that you will read about how nano weapons will have their own nano factories that are fully self-sustainable, powered by nano robots that create more and more nano weapons, nano factories, biological nano weapons and more. Entire nano armies could be built from these… by the billions and trillions. They are not only to be considered weapons of mass destruction, but something that could also wipe out enemy weapons of mass destruction. Imagine millions of nano bots dismantling North Korean or Iranian nuclear weapons in their silos and safely eating away the nuclear core like termites on wood — let alone the look on people’s faces when they see it happening right before their very eyes. They can be used for good, or as we also see, for nefarious purposes.
“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”
– Albert Einstein
Well, Albert. It looks like it just might be nano weapons.
Either way, welcome to (at least) 2004, mainstream media. You’re a bit behind.
Several countries are developing nanoweapons that could unleash attacks using mini-nuclear bombs and insect-like lethal robots.
While it may be the stuff of science fiction today, the advancement of nanotechnology in the coming years will make it a bigger threat to humanity than conventional nuclear weapons, according to an expert. The U.S., Russia and China are believed to be investing billions on nanoweapons research.
“Nanobots are the real concern about wiping out humanity because they can be weapons of mass destruction,” said Louis Del Monte, a Minnesota-based physicist and futurist. He’s the author of a just released book entitled “Nanoweapons: A Growing Threat To Humanity.” Continue reading
China is preparing a five-fold surge to the size of its Marine Corps as Beijing moves to further exert its influence abroad.
The plan would increase the number of Marine Corps personnel from about 20,000 to 100,000 people, the South China Morning Post reported Monday, citing military insiders and experts. The move will be accompanied by cuts to the Chinese military’s land forces in an attempt to modernize the People’s Liberation Army. Continue reading
The military will deploy its own system before Seoul sets up the American one, Wang Hongguang says
China knew it might not be able to stop Seoul deploying a US anti-missile system and was prepared to counter with its own anti-radar equipment, a retired PLA general said on Monday.
The comments by Wang Hongguang came as a South Korean court’s decision to uphold the impeachment of Park Geun-hye, the country’s former president, fanned hopes Seoul might put plans for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence system on hold. Continue reading
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan plans to dispatch its largest warship on a three-month tour through the South China Sea beginning in May, three sources said, in its biggest show of naval force in the region since World War Two.
China claims almost all the disputed waters and its growing military presence has fueled concern in Japan and the West, with the United States holding regular air and naval patrols to ensure freedom of navigation. Continue reading
As part of its ambitious military buildup aimed at narrowing the gap with the United States, China has put into service its J-20 stealth fighter and vowed to build a “first class” navy and develop a marine corps.
Chinese state television’s military channel confirmed in a March 9 report that the J-20 had now entered service, but gave no other details. Continue reading
The blinding and destroying of American military satellites by China in warfare, enabling an almost-unhindered invasion of the American mainland, is called “assassin’s mace“.
Both can be researched further with the following articles:
As you can see after reading the articles, it’s imperative and in America’s best interests to stop playing games with its military budget and wasting time with focusing on thousands of individual terrorists that multiply after their death.
Arsenal including electromagnetic railguns and microwave weapons aims to neutralize web of satellites that give US its main strategic edge
China’s military is developing powerful lasers, electromagnetic railguns and high-power microwave weapons for use in a future “light war” involving space-based attacks on satellites.
Beijing’s push to produce so-called directed-energy weapons aims to neutralize America’s key strategic advantage: the web of intelligence, communication and navigation satellites enabling military strikes of unparalleled precision expeditionary warfare far from US shores.
The idea of a space-based laser gun was disclosed in the journal Chinese Optics in December 2013 by three researchers, Gao Ming-hui, Zeng Yu-quang and Wang Zhi-hong. All work for the Changchun Institute for Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics – the leading center for laser weapons technology. Continue reading
Straight from the CCP mouthpiece, Global Times: A warning of a Chinese first nuclear strike against the United States of America.
They’re playing the victim card again after making many provocations, taking over the South China Sea and refusing to reign in their proxy against America, North Korea. They’re quite good at it, however, since people do believe they are the victim.
They’re using the THAAD deployment as an excuse and America is the scapegoat for their long wished-for ambitions of military superiority.
Some equipment for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system, including launch vehicles, has been delivered to South Korea for deployment. Beijing has also started to impose sanctions on Seoul. However, the US is the initiator and the major promoter for the THAAD installation. How China should react to US strategic provocations is more crucial.
Economic sanctions against the US are unlikely. THAAD producer Lockheed Martin is the world’s most powerful weapons manufacturers, and is beyond China’s grasp. Given the US’ economic scale, economic sanctions against it will be strategically unfavorable to China. Continue reading
Taiwan has finally begun upgrading its force of 144 elderly F-16A Block 20 fighters. These are some of the oldest F-16s still in service. The upgrades will cost about $38 million per aircraft. Taiwan has on order 66 F-16 block 50/52 fighters, a sale which has been blocked by local politics, and Chinese protests, for years may now be happening because the new U.S. government has expressed interest in dealing with Chinese threats.
The F-16As are 1980s technology but the F-16 is a very upgradable aircraft. That is largely because the F-16 has been popular enough to keep the production lines going strong until 2016. The U.S. still has about 1,200 F-16s in service (about half with reserve units). The 16 ton F-16 also has an admirable combat record, and is very popular with pilots. It has been successful at ground support as well. When equipped with 4-6 smart bombs it is an effective bomber. Continue reading