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Power in the Pacific: Stronger Chinese Navy Worries Neighbors and US
Der Spiegel ^ | 09/14/2012 | Bernhard Zand

Posted on 09/14/2012 2:42:37 PM PDT by Olog-hai

The best view of China's new flagship, which inspires fear in its enemies, could recently be had from a window on the fourth floor of an IKEA store in Dalian, a port city in northeastern China. Here, someone had scratched out a viewing hole in the opaque film masking the window, providing a view of the pier across the way—and of the Varyag.

Here in the West Pacific, tensions have been rising for months between China and America's partners. Beijing is in a dispute with Manila over the Scarborough Shoal, an uninhabited rocky atoll, most of which is only above sea level at low tide. This May, Washington quietly negotiated a compromise in which ships from both China and the Philippines would withdraw from the region. Since then, however, the Chinese navy has blocked off the lagoon and its excellent fishing waters and once again sent ships to patrol the area.

At the same time, China is at odds with Japan over another uninhabited island group—known as Diaoyu in Chinese and Senkaku in Japanese—located near a key shipping lane between Taiwan and Okinawa. In August, activists from Hong Kong hoisted a Chinese flag on one of the islands, triggering a wave of patriotic enthusiasm on the mainland. …

(Excerpt) Read more at spiegel.de ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: china; redchina

1 posted on 09/14/2012 2:42:47 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai
Article focusses on the Varyag the Russian diesel powered aircraft carrier purchased by China and being refitted, as an illustration. Except for reference to ballistic antiship missiles, the article neglects issues of relative air power. WWII made painfully clear that "naval power" without air superiority is a disaster waiting to happen.
2 posted on 09/14/2012 3:00:52 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Olog-hai

And if you`re the senior leaders of China`s military, the time to act is now. America`s too weak to stop you. But of course, we`ll talk about it a lot.


3 posted on 09/14/2012 3:01:08 PM PDT by ScottinVA (If Obama is reelected, America will deserve every mockery that follows.)
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To: Olog-hai

Have the Muslims ever done China wrong? Just wondering.


4 posted on 09/14/2012 3:08:18 PM PDT by hadaclueonce (you are paying 12% more for fuel because of Ethanol. Smile big Corn Lobby,)
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To: hinckley buzzard

Varyag is a steam powered vessel with 4 boilers and 4 steam turbines, 4 screws. She is not a serious problem for a US Carrier Strike Group. China’s land based Aircraft and ballistic anti-ship missile program would be my concern.

What Varyag does represent is the 1st step in China developing a credible Navy Force and a platform for them to gain the experience to build a NIMITZ class Battle group. I expect they are 10 years away from being able to project power as we routinely do.


5 posted on 09/14/2012 3:09:26 PM PDT by The Klingon
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To: Olog-hai
stronger Chinese Navy Worries Neighbors and US

not those in the halls of Congress or in the WH. Chinese money GOOD, American top secrets worth much to China, just ask Johnny Wong how much Bill Clinton received from China for providing them with US missile technology.

6 posted on 09/14/2012 3:46:01 PM PDT by drypowder
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To: drypowder

I meant Johnny Chung, sorry


7 posted on 09/14/2012 3:46:46 PM PDT by drypowder
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To: Olog-hai

“And in other news, reports are sketchy and unconfirmed of an explosion during the night in the South China Sea near the Dalian home port of the new Chinese carrier Sri Lang(formerly the Russian carrier Varyag). It’s being reported that the ship’s first attempt at night carrier landings has resulted with a J-15 slamming into the rear of the ship. The Pentagon reportedly is monitoring the situation closely.”


8 posted on 09/14/2012 3:47:23 PM PDT by Tonytitan
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To: Tonytitan

I don’t wish ramp strikes on anyone, . . . . unless it happens to our enemy during war, and then I hope it happens often.


9 posted on 09/14/2012 4:03:54 PM PDT by Jacquerie (Exterminate rats.)
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To: Olog-hai

We need a REAL commander in chief. Obama will probably give the reds a couple of our ships.


10 posted on 09/14/2012 4:15:53 PM PDT by Wyrd bi ful ard
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To: Olog-hai

It is really beginning to look like the whole international house of cards is beginning to tumble down. With the Marxists in power here their aim of destroying the USA seems within their grasp and a bonus will be the collapse of world wide civilization along with it.


11 posted on 09/14/2012 4:23:19 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: hadaclueonce

Take a look at the unrest in Xinjiang (Sinkiang), which is majority Muslim. The Uyghurs (Turkic people) were acting up about three years ago (they’re close to half of the population, with Han Chinese making up about 41 percent).


12 posted on 09/14/2012 6:24:03 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Then God bless the Chinese, you recognize a problem and are willing to fix it.

China may just save the world because PC does not work there.


13 posted on 09/14/2012 7:43:11 PM PDT by hadaclueonce (you are paying 12% more for fuel because of Ethanol. Smile big Corn Lobby,)
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To: hadaclueonce

Eh? The commies invented PC. The state of the USA today is no small thanks to Red China’s influence.


14 posted on 09/14/2012 8:00:04 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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