But China is our Friend…Right?

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It was an interesting week last week. For one thing, Chinese company Alibaba debuted as the largest IPO in the history of the world. Larger than the Initial Public Offerings of Facebook, Twitter, Google, Apple, and Microsoft combined. At the same time, there was a Senate report indicating that China hacked U.S. military contractors in a significant way at least twenty times in the past year. In America, we celebrated the success of Wall Street, earning $300 million or so in underwriter fees. In China, they celebrated finding a path to dethrone American technology dominance (from the official Chinese News Agency): Continue reading

Chinese Defense Ministry Confirms Hypersonic Missile Test

Since the Chinese are already competing with the latest US technology and not trying to catch up, it’s only a short matter of time before America loses its edge and first-strike capability. Having all the latest warplanes or navy tech doesn’t matter if you can’t stop a missile — a missile that they will likely mass produce since they have over 95% of the world’s rare earths under contract, plus the ability to hide it under thousands of miles of nuclear-hardened tunnel systems.

The Chinese are now running parallel wih America and this is proof. Sadly, most of America is unaware and those that do know are either turning a blind eye or are supressed by the Obama administration.

Two-sentence statement says high-speed experimental vehicle not targeting any country

China’s Defense Ministry on Wednesday confirmed that weapons designers recently conducted the first test of an ultra-high speed missile vehicle considered cutting edge military technology. Continue reading

China may have largest Pacific fleet by 2020: US

Washington: A US congressional advisory panel sounded a warning Wednesday about China’s military buildup, predicting Beijing could possess the largest fleet of modern submarine and combatant ships in the western Pacific by 2020.

The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission said China’s military modernisation is altering the balance of power in the Asia-Pacific region and challenging decades of US pre-eminence. Continue reading

China Conducts Test of New Anti-Satellite Missile

As it’s been reported here a few times: Like Iran, like China… or vice versa. See the following previous entries for further information:

China’s military on Monday conducted the first test of a new ground-launched anti-satellite missile that was fired into space and disguised as a space-exploration rocket, according to U.S. officials.

The test was carried out early Monday from the Xichang Space Launch center and was identified by officials as the new Dong Ning-2 ASAT missile. Continue reading

Red China Power — China expanding submarine, missile forces with advanced systems, Pentagon annual report says

China is building two new classes of missile submarines in addition to the eight nuclear missile submarines and six attack submarines being deployed as part of an arms buildup that analysts say appears to put Beijing on a war footing.

“In terms of China’s submarines, they’re investing heavily in a robust program for undersea warfare, developing submarines that are both conventional, diesel-electric powered, air- independent propulsion and nuclear-powered attack submarines,” David Helvey, deputy assistant defense secretary for East Asia, told reporters at a briefing on release of the Pentagon’s annual assessment of Chinese military power. Continue reading

Risky Business

Being that North Korea is a proxy state for China, it’s not likely that the Communist ally would launch a war without permission from their handlers in the CCP. That’s of course not to say it would diminish the likelyhood they’d get the green light as China itself would surely take up preparations long beforehand, for any eventuality as a result.

Military buildup in China near North Korean border continues as tanks, armored vehicles spotted

China continued moving tanks and armored vehicles and flying flights near North Korea this week as part of a military buildup in the northeastern part of the country that U.S. officials say is related to the crisis with North Korea. Continue reading

China boosts military budget to uphold ‘sovereignty’

China will increase military spending by 10.7 per cent this year to 720.2 billion yuan (US$115.7 billion), the government announced on Tuesday, building on a nearly unbroken succession of double-digit rises in the defence budget across two decades.

“We should accelerate the modernisation of national defence and the armed forces so as to strengthen China’s defence and military capabilities,” Premier Wen Jiabao said in remarks prepared for delivery ahead of the start of China’s annual meeting of parliament. Continue reading

THE CHINA REPORT — PENTAGON SHORTENS, SOFTENS ANNUAL REPORT ON CHINA’S MILITARY IN APPARENT BID TO CURRY FAVOR WITH BEIJING

The Pentagon’s annual report on China’s military for 2012 was cut to half the size of earlier reports and key weapons developments were omitted in an apparent bid to mitigate Beijing’s objections to the annual assessment of the communist government’s alarming military buildup.

Instead of declassifying secrets of the Chinese military—which include an array of high-technology weapons and other advanced military capabilities—the report spends an entire chapter on military exchanges, which Beijing has repeatedly cut off in recent years to protest U.S. arms sales to Taiwan.

The report also left out last year’s reference to China’s development of a new, road-mobile long-range missile that is likely to be equipped with multiple nuclear warheads. Earlier references to secret underground nuclear facilities contained in some 3,000 miles of tunnels also were left out of the latest report.

The report said China’s military continued decades-long investments in advanced cruise and ballistic missiles, anti-ship ballistic missiles, counter-space weapons, and military cyberspace capabilities.

The Chinese military, according to the report, is focused on a war over Taiwan and stopping U.S. intervention on behalf of its island ally.

One key development was the flight testing of a new J-20 stealth fighter last year, the launch of China’s first aircraft carrier, deployment of new integrated air defenses, submarine warfare developments, and nuclear and strike capabilities.

China’s military also has launched a covert influence operation involving former Chinese and U.S. military leaders who have lobbied Congress and the Pentagon to do away with the annual report. Congress obliged two years ago by changing a portion of the report’s title from “military power” to “military and security developments,” apparently in response to Chinese protests.

China’s military evacuation of Chinese nationals from Libya last year also was highlighted as a positive development. But the report makes no mention of the discovery of Libyan government documents last year that revealed Chinese arms makers were preparing to ship arms to bolster the dying regime of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi.

The report identifies a key objective of the Chinese military doctrine as “preserving Communist Party rule” along with economic development and defending national sovereignty.

The report said China’s military is expanding space activities but downplays China’s secret space arms programs. Key anti-space weapons include “a multidimensional program to limit or deny the use of space-based assets by adversaries during times of crisis or conflict,” the report says.

“In addition to the direct-ascent anti-satellite weapon tested in 2007, these counter-space capabilities also include jamming, laser, microwave, and cyber weapons,” the report said, noting that “proximity” maneuvers by satellites in space are a prerequisite for space warfare attacks.

In the cyber warfare and cyber espionage arena, China-based hackers continued to conduct attacks around the world against computer networks and systems, the report said.

“Intrusions in 2011 occurred in key sectors, including companies that directly support U.S. defense programs,” the report said, without mentioning the Chinese military’s role in cyber attacks.

The report also said China continues aggressive theft and legal acquisition of dual-use civilian-military technology and goods mainly from the United States.

“China has a long history of cooperation between its civilian and military sectors and openly espouses the need to exploit civilian technologies for use in its military modernization,” the report said.

That finding would seem to undermine the Obama administration’s push to loosen controls on exports of dual use products.

The report makes no mention of the six Chinese-made long-range missile launchers revealed in a North Korean military parade in Pyongyang April 15.

A Pentagon spokesman had no immediate comment.

David Helvey, acting assistant secretary of defense for East Asia, said the report was “streamlined and consolidated” as part of Pentagon guidance on reports for Congress. “However, we continue to address the same range of questions and issues that’s requested by the Congress in the legislation,” he said.

Richard Fisher, a China military affairs specialist with the International Assessment and Strategy Center, said the Pentagon report is a “lesser document” than its 2011 counterpart.

“A shorter report does not mean the Chinese military threat to U.S. interests has seen any reduction,” Fisher said.

“If the Administration believes that it can improve China’s attitude by containing or reducing the effectiveness of this report, it is sadly mistaken,” he said. “The only lesson China will learn is that if it complains loud enough, it can bully even American officials into constraining their own political process necessary for their defense.

Fisher criticized the report for failing to mention the planned arms shipment to Qaddafi. “China’s near villainy was exposed in captured Libyan government documents; so why does it not rate mention by the Department of Defense?”

On the Chinese long-range missile launcher driven through Pyongyang in April, Fisher said, “This amazing direct Chinese assistance to help North Korea launch nuclear warheads against the United States receives no mention in this year’s PLA report.

Missile charts in the paper also show the exact same numbers for Chinese strategic and tactical missiles and launchers as last year, something almost sure to be inaccurate, Fisher said.

One fact omitted in this year’s report was the mention last year of “a new road-mobile ICBM, possibly capable of carrying a multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicle (MIRV).”

“There is no mention of this missile in the 2012 report, even though the Chinese have allowed Internet images of this missile to be published since 2007,” he said.

Helvey, the Pentagon official, told reporters that China is continuing work on the aircraft carrier-killing anti-ship ballistic missile, that a U.S. admiral said recently had reached the equivalent of being in early deployment.

“We highlight continued development of the anti-ship ballistic missile or the DF-21D,” Helvey said. “It’s got a limited operational capability, and I think that’s reflected in the report.  They continue to work on that and develop that and deploy that.”

Frank Gaffney, president of the Center for Security Policy, said the report appears to be part of an effort by the Obama administration to redefine the threat from China.

“One way for President Obama to conceal the utter inadequacy of his so-called pivot to Asia—an underfunded reallocation of resources meant to obscure his hollowing out of the U.S. military and the vacuums of power he is creating by withdrawing forces from the Middle East—is to dumb-down the threat,” Gaffney said.

“Ignoring the reality of communist China’s buildup and misleading the American people about it will only make the threat more dangerous, not less so,” he said.

Full article: THE CHINA REPORT (Washington Free Beacon)