Skip to comments.Pentagon details China's new military strategies
Posted on 05/25/2007 1:18:18 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
The Pentagon's forthcoming annual report on Chinese military power will reveal a growing threat from Beijing's new forms of power projection, including anti-satellite weapons and computer network attack forces.
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said yesterday that the report, scheduled for release today, shows how China "has steadily devoted increasing resources to their military."
According to defense officials familiar with the report, it also highlights new strategic missile developments, including China's five new Jin-class submarines, and states that Beijing continues to hide the true level of its military spending.
The officials also said that the report will detail how China is developing two new types of strategic forces that go beyond what nations have done traditionally using air, sea and land forces by aiming to knock out modern communications methods on which the U.S. military relies for advanced warfighting techniques.
First, U.S. intelligence officials estimate that by 2010 China's ASAT missiles will be capable of delivering a knockout blow to many U.S. military satellites. Second, China also is training large numbers of military computer hackers to deliver crippling electronic attacks on U.S. military and civilian computer networks.
Mr. Gates described this year's report as an honest assessment devoid of "arm-waving" and said, "I don't think it does any exaggeration of the threat."
"But it paints a picture of a country that is devoting substantial resources to the military and developing ... some very sophisticated capabilities."
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What?! I don’t understand. Aren’t the Chinese our cuddly buddies? The Chinese are building up their military? Could it be possible that transferring our manufacturing to China is a bad idea after all? No way. I was told it’s just business, here on FR!
In a turnaround, the Chinese will sell us the rope and use the profits to modernize their military.
When I joined the Navy in 1988 the Chinese military buildup was the talk of the town and has only accelerated since then. Our government won’t wake up to the threat until we’re getting our asses handed to us in a war with China because they’ve been upgrading and buying new stuff while we’ve allowed our military to decay away to nothing. They’ll also out-produce us in a war of attrition because all of our industry has been sold off to them for pennies on the dollar.