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The United States is planning to build a new missile defence shield in Asia to contain threats from North Korea and counter China's growing missile capabilities.
The news came after an unnamed US official told Jane's Defence Weekly that China's People's Liberation Army tested an intercontinental ballistic missile on July 24 which has the range to strike any city in the United States.
The DF-21D (Dong-Feng 21 variant D) is the world's first and only anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM). It's a two stage, land-launched missile with a maximum estimated range of 2,700 to 3,000 km. Its single fuel-air explosive warhead packs 200 to 500 kilotons. It was developed by China Changfeng Mechanics and Electronics Technology Academy as part of the country's massive military modernization effort, an initiative focused primarily on developing overwhelming missile technologies for which there are no effective defenses. The Defense Department believes it entered active service around 2009.
f it works, the missile — called the BrahMos 2 — is expected to travel up to Mach 7 from sea-, land- and air-launched platforms. And it’s supposed to be ready for flight tests in 2017, which is overly optimistic, at best. “I think we will need about 5 years to develop the first fully functional prototype,” Sivathanu Pillai, CEO of India-based BraHmos Aerospace said in Moscow on Wednesday. Pillai also suggested the missile already exists, and that BrahMos has conducted ”lab tests [of the missile] at the speed of 6.5 Mach.”
I think you are entirely wrong here.
Mind you, that this is a tactical error of China, but none the less this is what they're doing. They are preparing themselves for a conflict, with the US, over the oceans of Asia. The US has presence in Asia, and is "dominating" it as an occupier ... that is precisely what the US is doing, it has taken over the occupation of Asia, from the british and french. This is the concern ... while the US is developing stealth technology to be able to "creep" upto Chinese coastlines, and western oil companies are drilling on the chinese coastlines, China has only bought one aircraft carrier from Russia. A used one ... if China wanted to establish such force, it would obviously build one itself ... but instead, it has bought one ready made, for the purpose of studying it's capabilities.
Scenario, the chinese are preparing for the ability to strike and erase, the US fleet presence, if necessary. They are not creating a force, to attack the west ... they "may" have intentions of "kicking" the US out of Asia.
And I'll tell you this sincerely ... I really hope they grow the balls to kick the US out of Asia, sooner than later. As oil resources prove lesser, and oil prices go up ... the oil off the Chinese coast line, will be even more attractive, with devestating resaults. for China, it must maintain it's sovereignty over western nations, sooner than later. Making the mistake, the japs made, in trying to destroy the US fleet and dominate Asia, is a tactical error.
But, China's history has always been that of a country who has suffered defeat ... and it's always used its population, to "outgrow" it's occupiers. It's probable, that they will adopt this policy, rather than any other policy even now ... their war machine, is primarily targetted at Taiwan, where they want to end the Nationalists, as a future threat.
The problem with the Chinese, is they are not thinking like Americans, or Europeans.
First of all, China is not showing any interrest in building an attacking force.
Japan on Tuesday flagged the Chinese army's growing role in shaping the country's foreign policy as a security risk, saying a sense of caution exists across East Asia about Beijing's apparent military expansion in the region.
China will boost military spending by 11.2 percent this year, the government said on Sunday, unveiling Beijing's first defense budget since President Barack Obama launched a policy "pivot" to reinforce U.S. influence across the Asia-Pacific.
The increase announced by parliament spokesman Li Zhaoxing will bring official outlays on the People's Liberation Army (PLA) to 670.3 billion yuan ($110 billion) for 2012, after a 12.7 percent increase last year and a near-unbroken string of double-digit rises across two decades.
China has only bought one aircraft carrier from Russia. A used one ... if China wanted to establish such force, it would obviously build one itself ... but instead, it has bought one ready made, for the purpose of studying it's capabilities.
Originally posted by theghoster
And agreed. We don't really disagree. I guess my biggest point was really that neither governments seem particularly concerned about the well being of their citizens and their mutual building up industries (whether defensively (China) or offensively (U.S.)) strikes me of blatant cynicims and disregard for human life. It tells me that the global elite are not necessarily cohesive...but seem to be on the same page about making their citizens expendable at almost any cost. That unnerves me.
Their numbers are equivalent to the entire British and American navies combined; their tonnage is far greater," writes reporter Simon Parry. "Container ships, bulk carriers, oil tankers - all should be steaming fully laden between China, Britain, Europe and the US, stocking camera shops, PC Worlds and Argos depots ahead of the retail pandemonium of 2009."
The relationships between the two countries make a lot of sense when they share common interest- maritime security, fighting terrorism, security of the sea lanes of communications, piracy and natural disasters. Ever since India and Vietnam signed the New Strategic Partnership in 2007, there witnessed significant improvement in a multifaceted ties ranging from political and economic engagements, security and defence cooperation, science and technology and close cultural contacts. Despite Chinese objections, India and Vietnam went a step ahead to signing six agreements encompassing promote oil exploration in South China Sea, extradition treaty, deepen trade, security and strategic ties, etc.