Build A Dragon
October 16, 2010 by staff
Build A Dragon, The Chinese dragon has landed on U.S. store. American Eagle is sputtering. Rivalry between China and the U.S. has been simmering for many years past, as China has replaced Russia in the American scheme of things as its more powerful adversary. China has begun to project itself as an equal of the United States. China’s public outburst against the recent (“destabilizing”) US-South Korean naval exercises and the declaration of its officials on the record that China had much reason to be upset about such activities in their backyard as the U.S. UU. Maneuvers was during the Soviet regime during the Cuban missile crisis is a testimony of a changed Beijing. The Chinese government’s mouthpiece People’s Daily wrote on July 29, 2010 that Beijing was willing to work with Washington if the Americans were to accept China as the second world power and divide areas of domination.
Some of China’s recent military moves are worth taking note. Aware of the historical fact that only the most powerful maritime nations have ruled the world for centuries, China is a busy giving tooth to its navy. Work is underway on the 2400 km range DF-21 anti-ballistic missile submarine (ABSM), a weapon that promises to be game-changer Beijing in the future, naval battles, and you can decapitate the U.S. warships the region. The weapon poses the greatest threat every time the U.S. Navy as its maritime surveillance and space-based guidance systems that there interception virtually impossible.
The American naval superiority is threatened as never before. And the situation is such that over-stretched U.S. naval forces cannot compete with China, both in terms of numbers and firepower. It is a fact U.S. only and is not able to control and counter Chinese naval hegemony in Asia, Washington will need help from Japan, India, Vietnam and South Korea to do that.
1-2 July 2010, China conducted a large naval exercise in the South China Sea. The importance of this exercise from the perspective of Beijing can be gauged by the fact that it was supervised by members of the Central Military Commission General Chen Bingde and Navy Chief Wu Shengli. A fire exercise naval air followed these five days by the Chinese army in the Yellow Sea.
As part of its strategy well thought out, China has been working for decades to achieve a strategic objective to drive slowly in other countries outside the East China Sea and South China Sea and coastal seas bring under Chinese rule. Consider the following milestone events in recent Chinese history. In 1953, China issued a map, which claimed 80 percent of the South China Sea. In 1974, seized the Paracel Islands from Vietnam. In 1988, China turned to attack the Vietnamese forces Johnson Reef and took six features in the Spratly Islands. In 1994, China captured the Mischief Reef in the Philippines. Spratly and Paracel islands are far from China and within the 200-mile exclusive economic zone in neighboring Vietnam, Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei. In March 2010, Beijing said the U.S. The Secretary of State, James B. Steinberg, that China will not tolerate “foreign interference” in its home area in the South China Sea. And Beijing has been walking his talk of backing up their political and diplomatic moves with military posture. Vietnam, South Korea, Japan and even the United States have been on the receiving end of China’s diplomacy fire.
China is aware of investing in the development of supersonic anti-ship missiles to skim a few feet above the water, something the Soviets did that led to the Americans during the Cold War. These missiles present China with an economical and effective military. The price of the cruise missile reaching half a million U.S. dollars, while a typical U.S. carrier costs more than a billion dollars. In other words, an American aircraft carrier can buy ten thousand missiles of long-range cruise. And it does not take a genius to understand that a missile or two of these can disable or sink a carrier. Therefore, China will not be a push over for the Americans despite the fact that is much poorer and its military arsenal is much lower compared with that of the United States. China can use its missile power to enforce an exclusion zone in the Yellow Sea, East China Sea and South China Sea, Beijing has begun to see as their exclusive preserve coast.
The Chinese are also investing in space research at a time when NASA is underfunded. China has been locked in a prolonged, intense economic rivalry with the United States to dominate the final frontier. On January 11, 2007, China successfully launched trials of its anti-satellite system and broke the American monopoly of 22 years of age in this area. Interestingly, China’s test-launch took place on a day when the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, was in New Delhi for the annual summit between India and Russia. Quite understandably, Australia, Canada, Japan and the United Kingdom, and United States quickly condemned the Chinese ASAT launch.
U.S. China stole a march in a big way three years later when the April 22, 2010 U.S. Air Force placed in orbit X-37, the world’s most sophisticated robotic spacecraft. This development has left open China, and that none of this has been done for a nation so far. X-37 not only counters anti-satellite capabilities of China, but has also proved to Beijing, as the Americans are still generations ahead in terms of space technology. Dubbed as “inspector of space ‘, built by Boeing X-37 can spy satellites from other countries and even disable them. The billions of dollars reusable spacecraft, unmanned is almost identical in design and layout of the space shuttle. X-37 would allow the U.S. to mount a replacement space for the enemy to destroy a satellite in a conflict.
As if this were not enough, China has been gradual increase in competition in South America, Africa, Middle East and Central Asia. China’s game plan in Central Asia is strategically time. Afghanistan is a classic example of China’s strategy for Central Asia. Beijing has made the most of Obama’s charade of government in the declaration of an exit plan for Afghanistan. While Americans are preparing to leave Afghanistan, China is improving its involvement in Central Asia through Afghanistan. It has already pumped billions of dollars to Afghanistan for copper mining. It plans to build a transnational highway from Pakistan through Afghanistan to Central Asia. But unlike in the context of the goal of India to reach Afghanistan, including the refusal of Pakistan to give transit rights to India, China will face a problem of all-weather friend, Pakistan. China also wants to exploit some of the vast world’s untapped deposits of precious metals like gold and uranium in Afghanistan. Taking into account the latest reports from Washington that the U.S. has found mineral deposits and almost worth a billion, a finding that officials say could transform Afghanistan, China planned exploitation of minerals could not come soon enough.
It is inevitable that major world powers, the conclusion one day that China’s rise is threatening the United States alone will not be able to control the dragons, and other leading regional powers will have to join hands with the United States on this mission. The international community has been there and done that in 2007. Japan, U.S., Australia and India had gathered to explore the possibility of a strategic ring, but were aborted in 2008. The initiative of four has to be re-released. Perhaps now may be an initiative of the hex string in South Korea and Vietnam.
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