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China developing `paralysis warfare'
Taipei Times ^ | 10.08.03 | Brian Hsu

Posted on 10/08/2003 11:43:19 AM PDT by Dr. Marten

China developing `paralysis warfare'By Brian Hsu
Wednesday, Oct 08, 2003,Page 1

China's military is changing its strategy from deterrence to pre-emption, planning to use "paralysis warfare" against Taiwan in the future, the Ministry of National Defense said in a report delivered to the legislature's defense committee yesterday.

"Paralysis warfare features Web-based information warfare, saturation ballistic missile attacks, joint precision strikes and seizure of the enemy's capital city by special operations units," the report says.

"Such tactics will become a major option for the Chinese military in its choice of modes of attack against Taiwan in the future," it says. "They emphasize shock and awe effects against the enemy."

The report, which was delivered to lawmakers on the defense committee yesterday, singles out paralysis warfare as the most likely mode of attack that China would use against Taiwan.

Minister of National Defense Tang Yao-ming will make the same points in an address to the defense committee today.

The report says the number of short-range ballistic missiles that China has in its inventory has reached 500. It does not state that these missiles are aimed at Taiwan, but it is believed that Taiwan would be the target.

The report also confirms that China has established a second airborne corps to increase its troops ready for use against Taiwan.

The new airborne corps has been the subject of media speculation in recent months, but had not been confirmed by the ministry until now.

The ministry believes China's military is seeking to acquire the ability of rapid and long-distance deployment of forces.

To counter the new threats, the ministry says it is speeding up the development of high-tech weapons.

The new weapons are focused on electronic warfare. They also include the development of miniaturized weapons on the basis of nanotechnology and superconductors.

It is the first time that the ministry has made public its development of miniaturized weapons.

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To: judywillow
It would be very difficult to defend, but easy to sell nukes to. Big shiney rhinestone studded nukes.
21 posted on 10/08/2003 12:23:06 PM PDT by Cobra Scott
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To: Elliott Jackalope
" .... the impact on the world economy would be extreme."

Which is exactly why the Chinese will never invade.
22 posted on 10/08/2003 12:37:41 PM PDT by mpreston
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To: mpreston
I'm inclined to agree. The only caveat is if China begins to experience extreme internal stress, and looks around for a handy whipping boy / scapegoat to attack in an attempt to relieve that stress. Said effort would probably backfire, but it would buy them some time.

Still, all in all, this strikes me as an unlikely scenario, so your assertation is most likely correct.
23 posted on 10/08/2003 12:41:39 PM PDT by Elliott Jackalope (We send our kids to Iraq to fight for them, and they send our jobs to India. Now THAT'S gratitude!)
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To: Elliott Jackalope
Just be sure the Taiwan gov't has PLENTY of short-range nukes for deterrence....
24 posted on 10/08/2003 7:53:06 PM PDT by hoosierham
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