USAia has no value in this world whatsoever except as a global war machine

Spykman Rimland (1944)

Call Made to Congress for China War Plan
Kris Osborn, Military.com, Dec 12 2013

The US military needs a more focused war plan specific to China, especially after China’s recent declaration of an air defense zone over the East China Sea, a group of defense analysts told a prominent House subcommittee Wednesday. As part of the Pentagon’s overall defense strategy to pivot to the Pacific, the US should buy more Virginia-class attack submarines, prioritizing long-range anti-ship missiles, carrier-based drones, and missile defense technology, the analysts told the House Armed Services’ Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee. Seth Cropsey of the Hudson Institute, told the subcommittee:

The US needs a detailed war plan for China in the event that conflict arises. Chinese leaders are ambitious and they are moving toward great power status. The US is not taking this possibility as seriously as it should.

Much of the hearing was focused on how the US can counterbalance Chinese strategic moves to deny access to certain areas in the region through the use of long-range missiles, guided missile destroyers and submarines. In particular, the analysts said China have sought to control waterways, choke points and restrict access to key islands and territories in the region. China has already provoked tensions in the region by declaring an air-defense zone in the East China Sea. US leaders flew two unarmed B-52s through the area shortly after the announcement. However, the White House has also asked civilian US airliners to alert China when their aircraft fly through the zone. Rep Randy Forbes, chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, said:

While Naval modernization is a natural development for any sea-faring nation such as China, it is clear the modernization is emboldening the Chinese government to exert their interests by bullying their neighbors and pushing back the US in the Asia-Pacific region.

Jim Thomas, vice president and director of studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, said:

Chinese defense spending has increased from an estimated $45b/yr to $60b/yr in 2003, to $115b to $200b today. This includes investments in ships, long-range missiles, fighter jets and submarines. Unlike the US which maintains a global posture, the Chinese military can spend all of its funds on regional counter-intervention. The Chinese military has as many as 100 land-based strike fighters equipped with sophisticated avionics, sensors and advanced air-to-air missiles. In addition, China’s DF-21D long-range ballistic missile, a weapon with a maneuverable warhead, is able to attack large surface combatants at ranges up to 930 miles. A decade ago, China was reliant upon Russian assistance in its armaments, but is now increasingly shifted toward indigenous design and production. It is rapidly building up a modernized submarine force and its advanced guided missile destroyers represent a major improvement in fleet air defenses. These defenses are designed to protect aircraft carriers and help China push its Naval perimeter further off the coast. China also has an armada of small, armed fast-attack craft which could make it difficult for foreign forces to approach to within 200 nautical miles of the Chinese coast. Being able to thwart or spoof command and control and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance networks needs to be a key part of a counter-China defense strategy.

Andrew Erickson, associate professor at the US Naval War College, told the committee:

The US should do more to deny China the ability to seize and hold off-shore territory. This includes developing anti-ship cruise missiles such as the recently tested Long Range Anti-Ship Missile as well as long-range surface to air missiles. Offensive mine warfare could also provide key elements of the strategy. Most of all, however, the US should use its undersea technological advantage to deny China the ability to seize territory. The Navy should maintain its current pace of building two Virginia-class attack submarines (SSNs) per year. It is therefore essential to ensure the present two-a-year construction rate of Virginia-class, nuclear-powered attack submarines. These SSNs are ideal for denying China the ability to hold and resupply any forcefully seized islands. Given China’s ongoing limitations in anti-submarine warfare and the inherent difficulty of progressing in this field, China could spend many times the cost of these SSNs and still not be able to counter them effectively.

Ronald O’Rourke, a specialist in Naval Affairs for the Congressional Research Service, said:

If China succeeds in restricting access to or controlling its near seas, that would present major implications for US strategy and constitute a major challenge to the post-WW2 international order. The US might want to consider acquiring three Virginia-class submarines per year, considering the importance of the platform.

Chinese Naval Vessel Tries to Force US Warship to Stop in International Waters
Bill Gertz, Washington Free Beacon, Dec 13 2013

A Chinese naval vessel tried to force a US guided missile warship to stop in international waters recently, causing a tense military standoff in the latest case of Chinese maritime harassment, according to defense officials. The guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens, which recently took part in disaster relief operations in the Philippines, was confronted by Chinese warships in the South China Sea near Beijing’s new aircraft carrier Liaoning, according to officials familiar with the incident. A Navy official said:

On Dec 5, while lawfully operating in international waters in the South China Sea, USS Cowpens and a PLA Navy vessel had an encounter that required maneuvering to avoid a collision. This incident underscores the need to ensure the highest standards of professional seamanship, including communications between vessels, to mitigate the risk of an unintended incident or mishap.

A State Dept official said the US government issued protests to China in both Washington and Beijing in both diplomatic and military channels. The Cowpens was conducting surveillance of the Liaoning at the time. The carrier had recently sailed from the port of Qingdao on the northern Chinese coast into the South China Sea. According to the officials, the run-in began after a Chinese navy vessel sent a hailing warning and ordered the Cowpens to stop. The cruiser continued on its course and refused the order because it was operating in international waters. Then a Chinese tank landing ship sailed in front of the Cowpens and stopped, forcing the Cowpens to abruptly change course in what the officials said was a dangerous maneuver. According to the officials, the Cowpens was conducting a routine operation done to exercise its freedom of navigation near the Chinese carrier when the incident occurred about a week ago. The encounter was the type of incident that senior Pentagon officials recently warned could take place as a result of heightened tensions in the region over China’s declaration of an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea. JCoS Dempsey recently called China’s new air defense zone destabilizing and said it increased the risk of a military “miscalculation.” China’s military forces in recent days have dispatched Su-30 and J-11 fighter jets, as well as KJ-2000 airborne warning and control aircraft, to the zone to monitor the airspace that is used frequently by US and Japanese military surveillance aircraft. The US has said it does not recognize China’s ADIZ, as has Japan’s government. Two US B-52 bombers flew through the air zone last month but were not shadowed by Chinese interceptor jets. Chinese naval and air forces also have been pressing Japan in the East China Sea over Tokyo’s purchase a year ago of several uninhabited Senkaku Islands located north of Taiwan and south of Okinawa. China is claiming the islands, which it calls the Diaoyu. They are believed to contain large undersea reserves of natural gas and oil. The Liaoning, China’s first carrier that was refitted from an old Soviet carrier, and four warships recently conducted their first training maneuvers in the South China Sea. The carrier recently docked at the Chinese naval port of Hainan on the South China Sea. Defense officials have said China’s imposition of the ADIZ is aimed primarily at curbing surveillance flights in the zone, which China’s military regards as a threat to its military secrets. The US military conducts surveillance flights with EP-3 aircraft and long-range RQ-4 Global Hawk drones. In addition to the Liaoning, Chinese warships in the flotilla include two missile destroyers, the Shenyang and the Shijiazhuang, and two missile frigates, the Yantai and the Weifang. Rick Fisher,, a senior fellow at the International Assessment and Strategy Center and a China military affairs expert, said:

It is likely that the Chinese deliberately staged the incident as part of a strategy of pressuring the US. They can afford to lose an LST [landing ship] as they have about 27 of them, but they are also usually armed with one or more twin 37 mm cannons, which at close range could heavily damage a lightly armored US Navy destroyer. Most Chinese Navy large combat ships would be outranged by the 127 mm guns deployed on US cruisers, except China’s Russian-made Sovremenny-class ships and Beijing’s new Type 052D destroyers, which are armed with 130 mm guns. The encounter appears to be part of a pattern of Chinese political signaling that it will not accept the presence of US military power in its East Asian theater of influence. China has spent the last 20 years building up its Navy and now feels that it can use it to obtain its political objectives. Since early 2012, China has gone on the offensive in both the South China and East China Seas. In this early stage of using its newly-acquired naval power, China is posturing and bullying, but China is also looking for a fight, a battle that will cow the US, Japan and the Philippines. To maintain stability in the face of Chinese military assertiveness, the US and Japan should seek an armed peace in the region by heavily fortifying the Senkaku Islands and the rest of the island chain they are part of. The US and Japan should also step up their rearmament of the Philippines.

The Cowpens incident is the most recent example of Chinese naval aggressiveness toward US ships. The US intelligence-gathering ship, USNS Impeccable, came under Chinese naval harassment from a China Maritime Surveillance ship, part of Beijing’s quasi-military maritime patrol craft, in June. During that incident, the Chinese ship warned the Navy ship it was operating illegally despite sailing in international waters. The Chinese demanded that the ship first obtain permission before sailing in the area that was more than 100 miles from China’s coast. The US military has been stepping up surveillance of China’s naval forces, including the growing submarine fleet, as part of the US policy of rebalancing forces to the Pacific. The Impeccable was harassed in Mar 2009 by five Chinese ships that followed it and sprayed it with water hoses in an effort to thwart its operations. A second spy ship, the USNS Victorious, also came under Chinese maritime harassment several years ago. In a meeting with reporters in July last year, Admiral Samuel Locklear said when asked about increased Chinese naval activities near Guam and Hawaii in retaliation for US ship-based spying on China:

The dispute involves different interpretations of controlled waters. We believe the US position is that those activities are less constrained than what the Chinese believe. China is seeking to control large areas of international waters, claiming they are part of its UN-defined economic exclusion zone, that cover most of the major sea lines of communication near China and are needed to remain free for trade and shipping.

Locklear, who is known for his conciliatory views toward the Chinese military, sought to play down recent disputes. When asked if the Chinese activities were troubling, he said:

I would say it’s not provocative, certainly. I’d say that in the Asia-Pacific, in the areas that are closer to the Chinese homeland, that we have been able to conduct operations around each other in a very professional and increasingly professional manner.

The Pentagon and PACCOM have sought to develop closer ties to the Chinese military as part of the Obama administration’s Asia pivot policies. However, China’s military has shown limited interest in closer ties. China’s state-controlled news media regularly report that the US is seeking to defeat China by encircling the country with enemies, while promoting dissidents within who seek the ouster of the communist regime. The Obama administration has denied it is seeking to “contain” China and has insisted it wants continued close economic and diplomatic relations. Obama and Chinese Pres Xi agreed to seek a new type of major power relationship during a summit in California earlier this year. However, the exact nature of the new relationship remains unclear.

3 Comments

  1. wayne
    Posted December 15, 2013 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    I call it DEMONCRACY!

  2. Sue
    Posted November 30, 2015 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    USA will be destroyed for rejecting God. China’s time will come later at Armageddon.

  3. niqnaq
    Posted December 1, 2015 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    If your bible is a Scofield edition, then I suggest you throw it away.

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