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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Peace Mission 2005

August 18th will mark the beginning of joint military exercises (cleverly dubbed Peace Mission 2005) between Russia and the Peoples Republic of China. The exercises, which will involve approx. 10,000 troops, are modest by US standards, but indicate that the two nations may be forging a new partnership aimed at counter-balancing or eliminating US influence in the Asia-Pacific region.

China has the potential to be the dominant economy in the Asia-Pacific region, if not the world. For China to realize this, it must expand its maritime influence. In China’s view, the United States is in it's way. The United States essentially controls economic activity in the region. Our control is assured by our strong military presence and is supported by our alliances with Japan, Taiwan and Australia, among others. China (and Russia) would like to see this change.

Towards this end, China has two main goals, to recapture Taiwan and to control shipping lanes in the South China Sea (the energy life line for most of Asia). To achieve these goals, impediments (i.e. the United States) must be removed.

The geopolitical, economic and strategic importance of Taiwan can not be understated! Both China and the United States realize this. As such, China is willing to go to any lengths to regain control of Taiwan, which is vital to maintaining their economic growth and establishing sea lines of communication to ensure their ability to import oil. The United States has repeatedly stated its desire to maintain the status quo with Taiwan, and is willing to defend her against any attempt by China to seize control. Something has to give. The United States military better be prepared, because China will not be deterred. She is patient.

Former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping laid the foundation for China’s military strategy. This strategy can best be summed-up using Deng’s own words, “bide our time, build our capabilities”. That is exactly what China has been doing. China has been slowly increasing the number of short-range ballistic missiles pointed across the Taiwan Strait. Currently there are over 800 missiles. China has also been expanding its air power and blue water navy for the seemingly inevitable clash with the US over Taiwan. China recently acquired Russian SU-27 and SU-30 fighter jets, three Sovremenny-class destroyers, several Kilo-class submarines, and a Kuznetsov-class aircraft carrier.

China is in the market for more!

It is no coincidence that tomorrow’s military exercises are with Russia. Russia is China’s biggest supplier of military equipment. The war games will give Russia a chance to display their latest weaponry, including the cruise missile-capable TU-22 and TU-95 bombers, as well as a variety of anti-submarine ships, amphibious assault vehicles, and submarines.

China is also working behind the scenes to undermine US alliances in the region. China recently offered favorable trade and energy deals with Australia in exchange for their agreement not to assist the US with troops should a dust-up develop over Taiwan. In addition, China has been lobbying hard to convince Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan to close the US Airbases they are hosting. It should also be noted that China and Russia are not supportive of current US efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq, and have done very little to alleviate tensions with North Korea.

Despite all this (not to mention China’s glowing human rights record), China has most-favored nation trading status, they are on the positive end of a sizeable trade deficit with the US, their diplomats and citizens have virtually unfettered access to the US govt, and they have been stealing our military technology from under our noses. Yet nothing is being done to stop this, mostly due to pressure for corporate interests that are heavily invested in China's impending growth.

We need to put the safety and security of the United States before the commercial interests of international corporations. China is not our ally. Someone in the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, or the Pentagon better take note.

Peace Mission 2005? Peace Mission my ass!


At 11:47 AM, Anonymous Joe Verica said...

Several of you have emailed me inquiring about the weapons China has purchased and what their capabilities are. The following info was gathered from the FAS website. More details and photos are available there.

Su-27 & SU 30 Fighter Jets SU-30 (Su-27P) is a two-seat long-range intercept fighter. Largely based on the Su-27UB two-seat trainer, it has a new radiolocation system which can transmit the positions of 10 targets to four other fighters at the same time. Su-30M (MK-export version) is a standard Su-30 with the air-to-ground missiles which can carry twice the armament (8 tons) compared to the baseline Su-27. The Su-30 'export variant' of the formidable Su-27 'Flanker', can carry the latest Russian air-to-air missiles, including the medium-range R-27 family, the short-range R-73 and the new medium-range R-77 'AMRAAM-ski'. The Sukhoi-30K has a range in excess of 3,000km, which means it can easily patrol offshore installations without requiring aerial refuelling.

Sovremenny-class destroyers The Sovremenny Class is a Russian class of destroyers designed to engage hostile ships by means of missile attack, and to provide warships and transport ships with protection against ship and air attack. Intended primarily for anti-ship operations, it was designed to compliment anti-submarine warfare (ASW) Udaloy destroyers. The ships have anti-ship, anti-aircraft, anti-submarine and coastal bombardment capability. The ships, with a maximum displacement of 8,480 tons are similar in size to the US Navy's Aegis-equipped missile cruisers, and are armed with an anti-submarine helicopter, 48 air defence missiles, 8 anti-ship missiles, torpedoes, mines, long range guns and a comprehensive electronic warfare system.

Kilo Class submarine The Kilo Class submarine was designed for anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare in the protection of naval bases, coastal installations and sea lanes, and also for general reconnaissance and patrol missions. The Kilo is considered to be to be one of the quietest diesel submarines in the world. The submarine consists of six watertight compartments separated by transverse bulkheads in a pressurised double-hull. This design and the submarine's good reserve buoyancy lead to increased survivability if the submarine is holed, even with one compartment and two adjacent ballast tanks flooded.

Kuznetsov class aircraft carrier The 67,500-ton Kreml class aircraft carrier (redesignated 'Kuznetsov' class) supports strategic missile carrying submarines, surface ships and maritime missile-carrying aircraft of the Russian fleet. The ship is capable of engaging surface, subsurface and airborne targets. Superficially similar to American carriers, the design is in fact "defensive" in support of SSBN bastions. The lack of catapults precludes launching aircraft with heavy strike loads, and the air superiority orientation of the air wing is apparent. The flight deck area is 14,700 square meters and aircraft take-off is assisted by a bow ski- jump angled at 12 degrees in lieu of steam catapults. The flight deck is equipped with arrester wires. Two starboard lifts carry the aircraft from the hangar to the flight deck. The ship has the capacity to support 16 Yakovlev Yak-41M (Freestyle) and 12 Sukhoi Su-27K (Flanker) fixed wing aircraft and a range of helicopters including four Kamov Ka-27-LD (Helix), 18 Kamov Ka-27 PLO, and two Ka-27-S. The ship has a Granit anti-ship missile system equipped with 12 surface to surface missile launchers. The air defence gun and missile system includes the Klinok air defence missile system with 24 vertical launchers and 192 anti-air missiles. The system defends the ship against anti-ship missiles, aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles and surface ships. The ship is equipped with an Udav-1 integrated anti-submarine system with 60 anti-submarine rockets.

At 2:43 PM, Anonymous Roy said...

This is troubling indeed. China is definitely attempting to gain influence throughout Asia. Their recent arms build up is also troubling. However they are still not in our league and will need more advanced weapons then Russia can supply. Our military is far more advanced than anything they have. We have many nukes and the means(not sure about the will) to use them. The wild card in this is the Chinese people, the iron grip is loosening and they may run out of time. The people are gaining and demanding more rights. I believe we can wait out China and let them collapse from with in. For sure though Taiwan is the key. China needs control of this if they are to accomplish anything. If we can keep Taiwan until the people taste freedom maybe then we could let them have the influence and the problems that go along with it in Asia. In the meantime I agree we must check our business partnership with them, I would hate to finance our own demise.


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