China Arrives September 14, 2015Posted by geoff in News.
I’ve been trying not to talk so much about China for the last few years, first because everyone’s tired of it, and second, because I pretty much said what I had to say. After pointing out the emerging threat back in 2006 and discussing it over the succeeding 5 years, it was time to sit back and watch it all unfold.
And unfold it has:
Political and security analysts have also recently been shaken by Chinese saber-rattling and military muscle-flexing—on both sides of the Pacific Ocean.
Let’s start with the Soviet-style military parade that Beijing put on last week to mark the end of World War II. In truth, it was a serious spectacle of military might, including goose-stepping soldiers, tanks, drones, fighters, and ballistic missiles.
Hard to miss the in-your-face symbolism of China parading ballistic missiles—with military designations written on the side in English—that analysts have dubbed the “carrier killer” and the “Guam-killer.”
That’s right: two of the ballistic missiles reportedly showcased at the parade last week are believed to have been designed for the purposes of destroying an American aircraft carrier and targeting U.S. military bases on Guam.
Just in case Washington didn’t get the message, Beijing also dispatched a flotilla of warships to the Bering Sea off Alaska during President Obama’s visit last week to the “Last Frontier” state to discuss climate change.
Jazz Shaw at Hot Air is so precious, the way he says that this is a complete surprise:
Going back to the seventies we’ve tended to largely see China as an economic power which grew to a very dominant status in the world markets and plagued trade issues. What we weren’t terribly worried about (with a few notable exceptions) was China’s military might. They were always the dominant force in their own neighborhood and they exerted a lot of muscle on anyone who opposed them in the region, but it always felt as if they never grew into the same sort of global menace that the former USSR did. (At least in discussions around the kitchen table.)
His naivety is so cute. He obviously wasn’t reading my old blog or this one, because this is exactly what I predicted.
What’s next? China’s using its misdirection of attention toward its artificial island shenanigans to avoid scrutiny of its designs on Taiwan. Taiwan doesn’t have much time left, particularly if we get another ineffectual president in office.