posted on Jul, 13 2012 @ 09:31 PM
I think one of the biggest factors is the Navy and naval aircraft.
Western countries have far more numerous and advanced navies than anywhere else in the world except Russia and India. Comparably, there is no ability
to project power or wage war anywhere else other than on your home turf for much of anyone except the US, Russia, Italy, India, Spain, France and the
UK. Even the UK uses some rather sub par technology compared to the rest of these IMHO. India has some nasty as hell missiles but not any carriers
capable of carrying modern fighters/attacker jets as far as I can remember. Australia has impressive technology, but not all that much of it.
China's navy would simply be annihilated and they could have an infinite number of soldiers with no where to go and no way of getting them anywhere,
even some of their "claimed/disputed" territories, or whatever the politically correct term for that is, would be isolated militarily. The DF-21D
can't hit a carrier group that simply attacks it from outside of its range and western nations have some kind of monopoly on naval aviation and
ships. Not to mention missile defense technology which Russia to some extent rivals the rest of the world on.
If you want to talk submarines, now there is something the UK (historically) has been good at and US submarines are all but undetectable sensory-rife
nuclear-armed monsters. There is not much of a chance in the world of anyone successfully sinking modern (or even outdated attack subs like a seawolf)
American submarines, some serious nasty and secret stuff. China has a buttload of attack subs though, how one was able to sneak up on an American
carrier group a while back I don't know and frankly I would be embarrassed if I was the commander of that battle group because the technology is
there to see that thing coming from practically it's home port.
I've been saying this for a while, but there is no way China is anywhere close militarily as much of the rest of the world, specifically some the the
western (and otherwise) nations listed above. They of course have what they need to police their corner of the world, but not much else except nukes
and all that good stuff. There mere fact that they have nukes is reason enough not to screw with them though. As far as NK is concerned, I'm
convinced that if they tried to launch a nuke a little sign would come out that said "bang".