Pentagon Prepared to Defend US Planes in China Defense Zone

It should be interesting to see how serious the US is in defending the Asia Pacific as it has just recently left Israel, one of its strongest allies, alone out in the cold in a hostile Middle East. China smells blood as well as American weakness, politically, economically, socially and militarily — and only time will tell how far they take this.

PENTAGON — A Pentagon spokesman says the United States will not comply with China’s new air defense zone in the East China Sea and is prepared to defend its aircraft that enter the region.

Shortly after China declared it was establishing an Air Defense Identification Zone in the East China Sea, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued a statement condemning the move and saying the new Chinese policy would not in any way change how the United States conducts military operations in the region.

On Monday, Pentagon spokesman U.S. Army Colonel Steve Warren made the U.S. position even clearer. Continue reading

China Unveils New Nuke Missile — Fresh challenge to U.S. Pacific forces

The new road-mobile missile was shown deployed on a transporter-erector launcher. It is the latest indication that China’s military is moving forward with at least four other long-range precision guided missiles that threaten U.S. and Asian security.

The camouflage-painted missile was shown as it was photographed from a passing car. It first appeared online Feb. 29 on at least two Chinese military web sites.

The new missile was described in online posts as a “strategic” missile, meaning it is likely capable of being armed with nuclear warheads.

U.S. intelligence agencies were recently alerted to the new missile and officials say it is being analyzed closely.

A Pentagon spokesman declined to comment on the photos.

The disclosure appears to be another manifestation of China’s growing nationalism and boasting of military prowess. China often showcases new weapons systems around the time of major Communist Party meetings. Two major nationwide sessions in Beijing—the annual National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Congress—are currently underway.

Full article: China Unveils New Nuke Missile — Fresh challenge to U.S. Pacific forces (Washington Free Beacon)