“The editorial in the military-focused Global Times tabloid, owned and operated by the Communist Party’s People’s Daily newspaper, said that North Korea’s nuclear activities must not jeopardize northeastern China, and that if the North impacts China with its illicit nuclear tests through either ‘nuclear leakage or pollution’, then China will respond with force… ‘China has a bottom line that it will protect at all costs, that is, the security and stability of northeast China… If the bottom line is touched, China will employ all means available including the military means to strike back. By that time, it is not an issue of discussion whether China acquiesces in the US’ blows, but the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will launch attacks to DPRK nuclear facilities on its own’.”
Five issues involving China…
U.S.A: Weak American counterintelligence and limited public awareness make spying in America very attractive… the risk is low, while the rewards can be very high
U.K: MI5 and MI6 refuse to use Chinese-made Lenovo computers because they are deliberately made vulnerable to hacking
Seven items in total…
Sweden: Air Traffic Control systems deliberately crashed as Russia’s Spetsnaz GRU in Kaliningrad tests its electronic warfare capabilities – fears expressed for nuclear power plants in both Sweden and Germany
Russia: New German book suggests that Moscow is organizing special military units inside Germany and other Western countries that the Kremlin could use to destabilize these states in the event of a crisis – GRU using “sports clubs” as fronts
North Korea: Now has a 660lb miniaturised nuclear weapon – Senate warned long-range missiles “only a matter of time”
China: Four recent developments …
Soldiers now have laser guns; could be used in a wide range of applications in future
Missile-firing unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) seems to be a near-copy of the American MQ-9 Reaper – were the designs and technology obtained through cyber espionage?
An aircraft carrier is being designed and constructed domestically to carry Chinese-made J-15 fighter jets – the Pentagon says China “could build multiple aircraft carriers over the next 15 years”
Command structure has been created to facilitate a shift towards cyber and space warfare – American military expert says this is “to achieve control of low earth orbit in order to defeat the United States on Earth”
On April 28th, 2011, I posted an article “U.S. economic supremacy to end in 2016” (1) which was an introduction to a Haaretz article from two days before headed “China’s economy will outstrip America’s in 5 Years” (2).
The key phrase in the Haaretz article was “The forecast is for profound change in the balance of power, not least because in the era of America, the global economy was led by a democratic power. China is not that.”
Indeed it is not. And now, not quite five years later, we have a dangerous situation in which both China and Russia have no respect for President Obama, and are engaging in dangerous games designed to see just how much they can get away with. They are both expanding their military power and capabilities, and China’s economy is assuredly going to surpass that of America. Indeed, some say that has already happened (3).
China is preparing to send thousands of troops to Syria, and has earmarked $30 Billion+ for post-conflict infrastructure rebuilding, according to an article posted by “whatdoesitmean.com” (1). This is a further humiliation for Obama, as Russia has already delivered serious, effective attacks against Bashar al-Assad’s enemies. The Turkish role in “enabling” Muslim terrorists to leave China for Syria is partly involved in this decision, and this brings yet another actor into an already complicated and dangerous situation.
“That’s a potential problem since more than $5 trillion annually – or 30 percent – of global seaborne commerce now travels through the South China Sea; $1 trillion of that is American… Having waited years to address the issue, and possibly continuing to wait – as this White House does on so many foreign policy matters – doesn’t make it any easier. Indeed this waiting game has made it much more difficult and more dangerous.” – Dr. Peter Brookes, Family Security Matters.
I’m getting a surprising number of hits from China these days, all from the same network in Beijing. So here’s something for you, PLA…
Food security concerns lead to Chinese investments in farming on other continents
Macedonia and China agree to closer military ties
Chinese food industry purchases in the U.S – 879 major deals last year from New Jersey to California
Construction of China’s Nicaragua Canal creating unrest and accusations of a “sellout”
Chinese national arrested for “carrying sensitive proprietary information on titanium used in a U.S. Air Force program”
“The International Monetary Fund recently released the latest numbers for the world economy. And when you measure national economic output in “real” terms of goods and services, China will this year produce $17.6 trillion – compared with $17.4 trillion for the U.S.A… To put the numbers slightly differently, China now accounts for 16.5% of the global economy when measured in real purchasing-power terms, compared with 16.3% for the U.S.” – Brett Arends, Market Watch (1).
Six items in total, relating to China’s increasing aggressiveness…
China is asserting its territorial and geopolitical ambitions as U.S. decreases military spending
If China gains the disputed territories it may prevent U.S. access to most of the South China Sea
China escalating South China Sea disputes by large-scale land reclamation works