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U.S. Should Plan For War With China - Defense Analysts

 
 
 
 
 
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The U.S. needs to prepare for a potential war with China, according to a group of defense analysts at a U.S. House armed services subcommittee hearing this week.

At the hearing, the defense analysts told the U.S. House Armed Services’ Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee that the Pentagon should begin a massive arms build-up, including additional nuclear submarines, for a possible war with China.

“Chinese leaders are ambitious and they are moving toward great power status,” Seth Cropsey, a senior fellow at the D.C.-based Hudson Institute, said according to DoD Buzz. “The U.S. is not taking this possibility as seriously as it should.”

To respond to this threat, he added, the U.S. needs to develop a detailed war plan involving U.S. military assets.

Jim Thomas, the vice president and director of studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, pointed out that China’s military spending has increased nearly threefold in the past ten years, from a conservative $45 billion in 2003 to at least $115 billion currently.

“A decade ago China was reliant upon Russian assistance in its armaments, but is now increasingly shifted toward indigenous design and production,” he stated. “It is rapidly building up a modernized submarine force and its advanced guided missile destroyers represent a major improvement in fleet air defenses.”

Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA), the chairman of the subcommittee, said that this modernization is “emboldening the Chinese government to exert their interests by bullying their neighbors and pushing back the United States in the Asia Pacific region.”

Although this week’s hearing included demands to enlarge the already massive military-industrial complex, the rapid increase of war tensions in Asia cannot be denied.

On Dec. 9, a former Chinese Ambassador to the United Nations, Sha Zukang, said that a current territorial dispute between China and Japan, of which the U.S. and South Korea are also involved, could lead to World War III.

“If China started a war with Japan, it would be much larger than both the Sino-Japanese War and World War II,” he said to the China Times.

Earlier, on Nov. 23, the Chinese government announced it would enforce new air traffic restrictions inside a self-declared Air Defense Identification Zone which includes most of the East China Sea.

This controversial Chinese ADIZ not only overlaps the ADIZs of Japan and South Korea but also includes the Senkaku Islands, the aforementioned territory in dispute between China and Japan.

The U.S. military did not change its flight operations to comply with China’s new ADIZ but the White House did ask U.S. civilian airliners to notify China when they fly through the zone.

In response, Chinese warships tried to stop the USS Cowpens, a guided missile cruiser, as it sailed through international waters inside the ADIZ on Dec. 5.

A Navy spokesman said that the Cowpens had to maneuver in order to avoid a collision.

Given these unprecedented confrontations, it is definitely possible that the military tensions in Asia could erupt into an all-out war between the U.S. and China, perhaps even a nuclear World War III.

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  • Michael Gillespie

    Seems about right, only a retard would think China isn’t going to assert itself now that they were handed the world on a silver platter in regards to manufacturing. Didn’t take a rocket scientist to see that one coming.

  • Billy

    This make no sense given that the Obama administration made history by hosting the Chinese Army on US soil and now analysts are warning that the Chinese are dangerous enemies hell bent on war with the US including a possible nuclear first strike that would simply end the world as we know it today? I don’t believe any of this war mongering rhetoric.

  • Mike China

    Whys is the US navy operating near the Chinese mainland?So can you blame the PLA for developing missiles which can sink carriers?The carrier busting missile is for defence
    There is no doubt the US can prevail but the rice for defeating China will go up as time goes on.
    To those defence analysts and congressman who ask for more US weapons,it will be the same thing.
    The US may be able to send the Chinese mainland to the wooden or spoon age. The PLA will make absolutely
    they can lay waste to the CONUS despite all the best efforts of the Pentagon at damage limitation.

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