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China's military prepares for war, while America's military goes 'woke'
Xi insists that “peaceful reunification” is the CCP’s objective. But any reunification will be on Beijing’s terms, whether Taiwan capitulates or is invaded and subjugated. Moreover, if conflict begins, Xi knows the U.S.’s Taiwanese red line, albeit fuzzy and fleeting at times, likely still exists; American intervention could bring along Japan, Australia, likely South Korea, the Philippines and Vietnam, and possibly NATO. Nevertheless, Xi understands that regional conflict is probable, and global conflict possible, if China assaults Taiwan. Hence, the candor of his speech.
But the 1990s and 2000s proved more troublesome than expected. Civilian leaders called upon the military to execute a variety of tasks, from humanitarian relief and “peace enforcement” to counterinsurgency. The Army, and the military more broadly, prophesied the erosion of American military power if the armed services did not dedicate themselves to fighting and winning conventional wars. Any additional task would hollow out U.S. military competence — see, for example, then-Lt. Col. Charles Dunlap’s fictional account of a 2012 coup, the kerfuffle over Apache gunships’ deployment to the Balkans, or even Les Aspin’s resignation as Defense secretary as examples of this trend.
It is therefore astonishing to witness the contortions the military and defense establishment have worked themselves into defending “woke” measures within the armed services.
are extremely sobering. Especially the '1.4 billion Chinese people' part. That's the military force China has available and I'm sure with a little 'encouragement' they could quickly have many, many more. Combine the number of fearless CCP soldiers with the modern technology available to the military these days, the lack of backbone in many Western civilizations, well, it don't look pretty.
"Those who attempt to drive a wedge between the party and the Chinese nation, he stated, will encounter “a great wall of steel forged by over 1.4 billion Chinese people.” He pledged to reinforce central control over the party, warning those who oppose its mission that they will be purged “like viruses.” He praised the party’s “courage to fight and fortitude to win,” making the CCP “invincible.” He committed to expanding and modernizing the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to defend Chinese “sovereignty, security, and development interests.”
originally posted by: Tempter
Some really good aggregation there, OP!
Shipyards to be rebuilt?
I know that the Navy has battled back and forth with the idea of fixingmaintaining it's current fleet vs. expanding it and adding new.
I'm sure someone more familiar with the topic can explain the current situation.
With that said, you might look to the US and it's plans to rebuild its Navy as the more determining factor.
originally posted by: DISRAELI
a reply to: dontneedaname
Once they feel their navy is strong enough, in whatever year the United States is too distracted to think of intervening.
In other words, waiting for the right opportunity rather than pre-planning a date.
originally posted by: lux666
let me guess?
Do the 5G base stations and antenas in the world come from China?
maybe, just maaybe...
Not before the 5G is highly deployed worldwide.
what they could consider more important?
Taiwan or the 5G or the worldwide's manufacture they do?
originally posted by: 1947boomer
a reply to: dontneedaname
I don’t disagree with any particular part of your argument. I think they will make an attempt only when they are very certain they can win. Part of that calculation is that they need to keep the US and allies out of the fight. I think that is the reason for the build up of their ballistic missile fields. Those ballistic missiles and their nuclear warheads could easily take until 2026 to bring online.
When the day comes, I hope the US is smart enough to stay out of the shooting. We wouldn’t actually be able to prevent the mainland from achieving their objective and we would emerge out of the other side much weaker, having lost lots of personnel, ships, and planes. On the other hand, if we allow the mainland and Taiwan to fight it out, the mainland will emerge much weaker militarily and politically. Our goal should be to make the mainland lose as much as possible while “winning”.