Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Chas W. Freeman Jr. — Avoiding War with China

In recent years, many American leaders have grown cavalier about nuclear war, especially with Russia, but there is also risk of a devastating conflict with China, as former U.S. Ambassador Chas W. Freeman Jr. observes:
Let’s not kid ourselves. The armed forces of the United States and China are now very far along in planning and practicing how to go to war with each other. Neither has any idea when or why it might have to engage the other on the battlefield but both agree on the list of contingencies that could spark conflict. These range from naval scuffles in the Spratly or Senkaku Islands to full-spectrum combat over Taiwan independence or reunification.

The context in which these contingencies might occur reflects an imbalance of power left over from history. U.S. forces are forward-deployed along China’s frontiers in a pattern that originated with the Cold War policy of “containment.” Chinese forces are deployed to defend China’s borders as China defines them. China regards the United States as the country most able and likely to violate those borders and attack it.…
Notice that China is aligned defensively and the US offensively.
The United States seeks to sustain the military dominance of the Western Pacific that it has enjoyed since its 1945 overthrow of Japanese imperial power. Washington is determined to preclude the contraction of the sphere of influence it established during the Cold War....
Consortium News
Chas W. Freeman Jr., former U.S. Ambassador

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu said the state and the level of Russia's strategic missiles is at its highest and would provide great success rate of strategic deterrence, with 99% of the launchers being capable for combat.

Shoigu noted the rocket launchers are equipped with latest technology, adding that 96% of all strategic nuclear missiles are ready for their immediate launch.
The missiles can penetrate any form of missile shield.
Fort Russ
Russia Ready to Fight: 96% of all Strategic Missiles Prepared for Their Immediate Launch | translated by Samer Hussein

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