There's a stunning new report from the Pentagon on Chinese military targeting of the United States of America's infrastructure and strategic positions abroad, which states that Chinese bombers are routinely training four bombing campaigns to hit US-based targets in an effort to strategically plan for a future war with America.
The “sleeping dragon” of China has been one of the world's most resilient economic powerhouses of the last century, rising from the ashes of poverty to become a brutally oppressive manufacturing giant, at the expense of their own citizens' happiness, whilst shifting its focus over the last quarter-century on military expansionist policies.
China, no doubt along with the United States of America, seeks to become the world's predominant military superpower, and with the Pentagon’s report today, it looks as if they're scouting potential targets within the United States, and developing a new fleet of long-range bombers to reach that capacity.
"Over the last three years, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) has rapidly expanded its overwater bomber operating areas, gaining experience in critical maritime regions and likely training for strikes against US and allied targets," the Pentagon report said.
The<a href="https://media.defense.gov/2018/Aug/16/2001955282/-1/-1/1/2018-CHINA-MILITARY-POWER-REPORT.PDF&ved=2ahUKEwjm7c7w7PTcAhVJw1kKHd_tBekQFjACegQIBBAB&usg=AOvVaw2FTmxh99xOIFXLb6pQQ5PJ"> Annual Report on Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China </a>was released yesterday, which is an annual update provided to Congress about the potential military threat that China poses to the United States of America, that has increased drastically over the last few years, according to the report.
The People's Liberation Army (PLA) is trying to prove to their own leadership as well as the world that China will have the "capability to strike U.S. and allied forces and military bases in the western Pacific Ocean" if it continues extending its operations and training protocols.
According to the report, China is also seeking new long-range nuclear bombing capabilities, which could strike anywhere within the continental United States of America if necessary, as what seems to be an inevitable war between the two superpowers continues to loom.
"The deployment and integration of nuclear-capable bombers would, for the first time, provide China with a nuclear 'triad' of delivery systems dispersed across land, sea, and air," the report said.
The report emphasizes that China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) is currently undergoing” the most comprehensive restructure in its history to become a force capable of fighting joint operations,” which Chinese President Xi Jinping has made no secret about transforming.
This creates a situation where a Communist superpower is building itself into a racially purist nation of Asians, who have some of the world's strictest immigration rulings, allowing none but the best of the world to enter their country, and now seeks to dominate on a military front.
China has become reckless in the last decade with their expansion into the South Pacific, where other nations such as Guam, Philippines, South Korea, and several others who control trade routes by sea have felt threatened by the Chinese expansion.
Previous United States Presidents did nothing as China branched outward into international waters, but as President Trump continues to hold firm on his applying of pressure to the Chinese behemoth, many wonders if it will make a difference due to the literal slave labor which exists on the major Asian continent being able to give the Chinese an unfair advantage.
The devaluation of currency by the Chinese also forced its own people to suffer in many regions, but as a whole, benefits the Chinese economy by keeping imports from China extremely inexpensive to the European Union and other American allies, which in turn hurt the bottom line of American companies.
This is how China has strangled the United States economically, and how they plan to continue to promote the downfall of the US influence on the world through rising military hardware capabilities.
China has built a series of artificial islands in international waters, of which they've been displaying their prowess by landing nuclear-powered H-6K bombers, and has plans underway to develop a “stealthy, long-range strategic bomber with a nuclear delivery capability that could be operational within the next 10 years," according to the report.
The $717 Defense Budget Bill pushed by the Trump Administration for the first time encourages a working relationship with Taiwan, which aims to counter Beijing, and China is furious over what they consider a blatant disrespect of their sovereign control.
The “one China” policy has long since been the way the White House has operated, but President Trump refuses to bow before a foreign threat to American interests.
Chinese Ministry of Defense spokesman Wu Qian said the United States was"full of Cold War mentality” for their newfound desire to compete, which is the exact reason why the US must seek to counter China in the first place, lest they have too much influence over our home policies.
“A man cannot prosper without honesty, the same is true for a country," Wu said. "We urge the US to stick to its promises to China regarding Taiwan question, and uphold the one-China policy.”
Despite China's fury, President Trump has been honest since his campaign trail rhetoric, blasting the Chinese for their manipulations of currency and devaluation of the United States of America's dollar through subversion.
Taiwan has been self-governed for nearly 70 years, but the Chinese mainland still considers it to belong to China, and changing that policy is somewhat groundbreaking for an American President to take.
Andy Chan Ho-tin, a leading member of the Hong Kong National Party, says that China poses an increasingly existential threat to local rights and freedoms since British colonial rule ended in 1997, and supports President Trump's efforts to vilify China.
"Think about how much more clout the U.S. would have on China if the current trade war extends to Hong Kong," he said Tuesday in the closely watched speech to the city's Foreign Correspondents' Club, adding that such a move could strike a real "economic blow" to Beijing.
"Many of the Chinese already store their actual capital here," Chan said of the Chinese elites, who fear the state-control swallowing their resources.
Others disagree that Trump would push that far with negotiations in Taiwan, or even making a direct threat to China.
"I think the Hong Kong issue is not something that is right up there on the Trump hit list," said Tim Summers, a lecturer in Chinese studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
"The US government's basic strategic interests are in Hong Kong continuing to be treated separately from the rest of China for all sorts of economic, financial, business reasons," Summers said. "And that's why these policy instruments are in place."
Victoria Tin-bor Hui, an Associate Professor in the Political Science department at the University of Notre Dame, said that "no one will want to predict what Donald Trump is likely or unlikely to do," but that it is having an effect on Chinese decisions.
"The only country on earth that has any leverage on China is the U.S.," she said of the Chinese policymaking efforts.
In response, there are modern cyber warfare tactics being engaged by the Chinese as we speak, some even targeting US government records this last week.
Cybersecurity firm Recorded Future said the group used computers at China’s Tsinghua University to target US energy and communications companies, as well as the Alaska state government, in the weeks before and after Alaska’s trade mission to China, as reported by the<a href="https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2160088/chinese-hackers-attacked-us-government-and-companies"> South China Morning Post</a>.
The majority of these kinds of attacks are being kept closely under wraps, with China’s Ministry of Defense refusing to respond to a request for comment, despite the Recorded Future company handing a copy of its report to US law enforcement agencies, and the FBI declined to comment on those as well.
China has also stepped up influences in the Middle East, with the report saying the Chinese “will seek to establish additional military bases in countries with which it has a longstanding friendly relationship and similar strategic interests, such as Pakistan, and in which there is a precedent for hosting foreign militaries.”
“Certainly this is the People's Liberation Army's first overseas base and we will base troops there. It's not a commercial resupply point. This base can support the Chinese Navy to go farther, so it means a lot," said the state-controlled media of China's expansion.
China's ambitions have worried many in Congress, who believe that the United States will have no choice but to continue to develop new aircraft carriers and high tech weapons as a response.
“China intends to use the BRI to develop strong economic ties with other countries, shape their interests to align with China's, and deter confrontation or criticism of China's approach to sensitive issues," the report said of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a groundwork for the current expansion.
China also continues to develop counterspace capabilities, "including kinetic-kill missiles, ground-based lasers and orbiting space robots," the report stated, which is in part why he Trump Administration’s desire to fulfill a “Space Force” has become a crucial part of military spending.
To counter the National Security Agency, and US-led “big tech” platforms, Beijing is hard at work trying "to expand space surveillance capabilities that can monitor objects across the globe and in space and enable counterspace actions,” which would give them a state-of-the-art space and GPS tracking system.
Whichever nation you reside in, one thing is certain, which is that there can be only one dominant global military and economy, and the United States of America and China are on an almost certain path to inevitable conflict.
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