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Originally posted by princeofpeace
China has less nukes than does Israel.
Originally posted by Atzil321
What the general said was probably misinterpreted in translation, then seized upon by
sensationalists such as Alex jones ect, sounds like nonsense to me.
Originally posted by Shamatt
What a twisted way to interpret a statement.
It is true. If the US has a spie on the ground, China can't plan an attack. What part of that statement even begins to imply that they are therefore, or already have planned one?
There would be no point. They would benkrupt themselves, they are the largest internation holder of US bonds, to the tune of BILLIONS!!!!!
So...... what if they did? The US defence systems and 'Star Wars' defence would knock them all out long before landfall. Then the Chinese defence system would knock out all the US misiiles, and it's back to good old fashioned fisty cuffs. Two grumpy super powers and the rest rest of the world getting on with it. Sound familiar?
Originally posted by Observor
While it would be suicidal for China to execute a plan to attack the US, it is routine military drill to make such plans.
China would have such plans for every country they deem an adversay worth preparing for an attack from/against.
So why would a Chinese General reveal plans only about one such adversary and not others?
The only purpose would be to announce that they do have the capability to attack the US. After all, not every country can do that, announce a capability to attack the US. It is just another way of announcing that they believe themselves to be a world power and expect to be treated as such.
Originally posted by GoalPoster
Apparently, and thanks to your post, it is no longer a surprise.
And . . . it ain't gonna happen. If you had a grocery store and you were pretty much the only grocery store in town, would you poison all your customers.
They ain't gonna decimate their biggest market!!
Originally posted by TDawgRex
Well, if they do strike the US...does that mean we still owe them?
I'm pretty sure it would wipe the record clean, along with others things on the planets surface.
post by Drunkenparrot
Overlooking the obvious senselessness of armed conflict due to such minor considerations as trade interdependence and the post WWII preference for civilized diplomacy in lieu of military aggression....
While China unquestionably possesses the ability to force their will throughout their own geographical locale, China does not possess a credible strategic nuclear capability.
As pointed out by another poster, China has at most a couple of dozen delivery vehicles with the range and throw weight to threaten the U.S. mainland with a thermonuclear weapon.
Not only are China's DF-4 ICBM's incapable of the precision needed for a first strike against hardened targets, they are liquid fueled and require substantial preparation time to launch (unlike the U.S. Minutemen which are solid fueled and capable of near instantaneous launch from the time the order is received)
U.S. surveillance assets would be aware of any such PLA preparations well in advance and would in all likelihood take the appropriate preemptive measures.
China's SLBM capability is widely regarded as a paper tiger with at most 3 boats. Most western analysts believe that China has yet to sortie a single nuclear deterrence patrol, which considering the USN's unparalleled ASW capability is a smart decision.
China does not currently have a nuclear capable submarine launched cruise missile in its inventory.
As pointed out by other posters the U.S. has a well developed multi tier missile defense system in place and operational whose only real vulnerability is being overwhelmed in a saturation attack, which as stated above, is something the PLA does not have the resources to accomplish.
In a conventional role China does not have the ability to project their forces globally, they are very much a regional power and will remain so for the foreseeable future.
Compare that to the current U.S. strategic nuclear triad of 500 deployed single warhead Minuteman ICBM's, 14 Ohio class boomers each with 24 Trident MIRV SLBM's and the nuclear capable bomber force of nearly 100 B-52's and 19 B-2's.
As a conventional force the United States is unparalleled in the ability to rapidly project overwhelming force globally and has the critical advantage of nearly 20 years of constant operational experience.
The U.S. arms and munitions industries have been spooled up to provide the equipment and supplies necessary to support multiple theatres of operations for nearly a decade.
The U.S. has known and applied the lesson learned by Imperial Japan during the second world war regarding the necessity of stockpiling reserves of the raw materials needed to wage protracted total war.
None of this is my opinion on the matter, these are facts that I will gladly source if anyone so requests.
The entire pretext that "China Could Be Planning Surprise Missile Attack on United States" is silly and naive.
Sorry to the Agent U.S.A. haters and PLA fanboys in the crowd but these are the facts.China can not now, nor in the near future, expect any outcome to this scenario other than the complete and total devastation of both their military and industrial infrastructure.