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The huge military parade held in Beijing this week was billed as a commemoration of China’s role in World War II. Over 15 million Chinese died in its eight-year resistance to Japanese invasion.

China’s supreme leader, Xi Jinping, dressed in a finely tailored Mao suit, stood atop the Forbidden City’s Gate of Heavenly Peace to observe 12,000 troops and a legion of armored vehicles, missile carriers, and warplanes.

Interestingly, Xi underlined that China’s political development is based on Marxist-Leninist theory and the thinking of Chairman Mao and Deng Xiaoping.

China rightly observed that the West has long ignored its important role in fighting the Japanese Empire. Without fierce resistance by China’s Nationalists and Communists, Japan might have managed to invade Australia and eastern India—though it would still have lost the war to overwhelming American power.

But history was not the primary purpose of the martial demonstration in Beijing. China was showcasing its newest military equipment to send the world – particularly the United States, Japan, India and Australia – a thunderous message that China has at last found its rightful place in the sun.

US military experts dismissed the parade as “nothing new.” But in private, they and China’s neighbors are very worried by Beijing’s enhanced military power based on growing wealth and state of the art technology. Important points:

China’s new DF21D mobile ballistic missile may be able to hit US aircraft carriers from 1000-15000 km distance, vectored in by submarines, drones, satellites and fishing trawlers. One hit by a DF21 would put a giant 100,000-ton US carrier out of action or sink it.

The US is quietly gearing up for war with China over Taiwan, Japan and the South China Sea. But the entire US strategy is based on attack carriers operating from the China Sea, and warplanes from the key US Pacific base at Guam.

The DF21 series of missiles may force US carriers further east into the Pacific, out of range of any combat zone. China’s new, accurate DF26 3,000-4.000 km-range ballistic missile – known as the “Guam Killer” – was designed to knock out Guam with conventional or nuclear warheads.

Also shown, a new, long-ranged ramjet-powered air-to-air missile designed to destroy US tanker aircraft refueling US fighters in the expected air combat zone off China’s coasts and Taiwan. China has made impressive progress in anti-aircraft systems for land and naval forces.

China’s Marine Corps almost stole the show with its light blue dazzle-painted amphibious vehicles that are a clear threat to Taiwan. New Chinese fighters and tankers have almost caught up to Western technology, particularly air-to-air missiles, radars and linked command and control systems.

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General Secretary Xi announced that China’s 2.3 million-man armed forces, the world’s largest, would be cut by 300,000 men. China no longer needs huge armies because it no longer faces a land threat. Many active duty soldiers have been transformed into militarized police. Military resources are now being poured into offensive strategic systems like air and naval forces or the “Second Artillery Cops” missile forces.

Xi Jinping reasserted that China’s rise was totally peaceful and threatened no one (excluding Taiwan and Japan’s China Sea islands). But it’s clear that China is determined to own most of the China Sea and is doing to by turning islets into permanent aircraft carriers. China must also be able to project power to protect its vital oil lanes to the Mideast, which would be a prime target in any new war with India.

China’s impressive display of military might and skills sends another worrisome message: Chinese military equipment and technology, once only for poor, third-world nations, is going to seriously rival exports from the US, Europe and Russia. Gone are the days when all that China exported was rice, back scratchers and paper fans.

As a former soldier and military analyst, I watched the Beijing military parade with respect and admiration. China’s soldiers are what we used to call “Strak” in the US Army – efficient, ready for combat, and buttoned down. They paraded with awesome mechanical precision and evident elan.

China has reached its rightful place in the sun after four hundred years of being raped, looted and sneered at. Good show. Now let’s all pray that power does not go to China’s head. But this war horse fears it may.

(Republished from EricMargolis.com by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. “Japan might have managed to invade Australia and eastern India…”

    Japan DID invade eastern India. Just not very successfully.

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  2. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    The men and women who march in these parades aren’t real soldiers. The Chinese Military conscripts tall good looking men and women for six months of military service. That time is spent preparing for these annual parades.

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  3. Ivan says:

    The funny thing is that while Mao spent his time entertaining besotted journalists and fellow travelers in the mountains, while waiting for instructions from Elder Brother Stalin on the right timing to take down the imperialists, it was Chang Kai-Shek’s forces that was doing the actual fighting against the Japanese. One would have have hoped that the Nationalists gave a better account of themselves in the war, nonetheless it was the Nationalists that bore the brunt of the fighting, while the Communists were waiting for the near and far imperialists to wear themselves down.

    CCTV 9, the Chinese semi-propaganda channel more or less confirms it, since all the fighters it shows actually engaging the Japanese were Nationalists.

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  4. Bruce D says:

    “New Chinese fighters and tankers have almost caught up to Western technology, particularly air-to-air missiles, radars and linked command and control systems.”

    That’s the result of our “free trade” policy with them. They would never have been able to develop the technological nor industrial base to develop that technology without importing it from the west. Their repressive system kills the kind of creativity needed to develop an advanced technology. So they import it from the west.

    “The US is quietly gearing up for war with China over Taiwan, Japan and the South China Sea. …….
    China’s new, accurate DF26 3,000-4.000 km-range ballistic missile – known as the “Guam Killer” – was designed to knock out Guam with conventional or nuclear warheads….

    Xi Jinping reasserted that China’s rise was totally peaceful and threatened no one (excluding Taiwan and Japan’s China Sea islands). But it’s clear that China is determined to own most of the China Sea and is doing to by turning islets into permanent aircraft carriers. ”

    The U.S. needs to get out of Asia and let Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and Australia go nuclear. That’ll really have the Red Chinese crapping in their pants. Plus, it will get the U.S. out of harm’s way. So long as the U.S. is committed to defending Asia, U.S. cities are at nuclear risk should the U.S. find itself in a conflict with nuclearly-armed China. It’s way too easy to get out of hand. Plus, war is much more likely in the current arrangement because China is much more likely to under-estimate U.S. resolve to defend Asia half-way around the world from us then it would be to under-estimate Japan’s, Taiwan’s, South Korea’s or Australia’s resolve to defend themselves from a direct threat to their existence. Conflict is more likely in the absence of Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and Australia having nukes.

    “China has reached its rightful place in the sun after four hundred years of being raped, looted and sneered at. Good show. Now let’s all pray that power does not go to China’s head. But this war horse fears it may.”

    Yeah, likely it will. Better that we not be there and that Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and Australia have the capability to defend themselves. Let’s not forget the 60 million or so holocausted by Mao and the Communists. (See “Death By Government” by R.J. Rummel.) China’s done its share of raping itself.

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  5. Adar. says:

    I thought this was about the Chinese contribution to defeating Japan in WW2.

    The Nationalists before Pearl Harbor and after having borne the brunt of the fighting against Japan. Mao and his commies [the commies today too] take all the credit but they were somewhat of a sideshow.

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  6. Adar. says:

    ["Sockpuppetry"---using multiple different handles to hide your identity---is not permitted here. Commenters should pick a single handle and stick to it.]

    Battle of Wuhan [Japanese Pyrrhic victory] and Taizherzhwang [Stalingrad in the east] examples of how the Nationalists fought it out with the Japanese even before Pearl Harbor. Nationalists got bad press probably as the result of communist reporters.

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  7. Adar. says:

    Eric as is quite often for him has his facts and perspective wrong.

    For about a hundred year period from the time of the First Opium War was China humiliated by foreign powers. NOT four hundred years.

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  8. both Nationalists and Communists fought sporadically against the Japanese during 1937-45, and sporadically against each other. Both husbanded strength, looking forward to the post-WW II Civil War, and neither had anything substantial to do with the defeat of Imperial Japan. Japan evacuated China in 1945 because, and only because, it had been routed and destroyed by America via the 1941-45 Pacific War. Margolis’ version of history is pure Judeo-Marxist BS

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  9. Eh, Japan got the fuck out of China because it a) lost and b) the Red army was paying a visit.
    They had the choice to get out and surrender in Japan to the Americans while saving a portion of their military age male population, or surrender to either Nationalist Chinese, Communist Chinese or the Red army. Given how the Japanese behaved in China, the Red army would have unironically been their best bet out of the three (had they stayed in China), so getting the hell out and surrendering to the USA was simply prudent.

    By 1945 the Red army graduated from disappearing people to disappearing other peoples armies. Which Kwantung army?

    Operation August Storm was pretty impressive, overrunning an area the size of western europe in 2 weeks is a thing.

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  10. Zhu Bajie says:
    @Kevin O'Keeffe
    "Japan might have managed to invade Australia and eastern India..."

    Japan DID invade eastern India. Just not very successfully.

    Burma was no longer part of eastern India by the time of the Japanese invasion, but governed separately.

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  11. Zhu Bajie says:

    Chiang Kai-shek was not eager to fight the Japanese invaders, which is why one of his generals, Zhang Xue-liang, actually kidnapped him, and forced him to fight the Japanese. Local resistance and war lord troops did a lot of the fighting, while CKS sold the medical supplies the US gave him on the black market, etc. He kept the good weapons in Chongqing, to defend himself from his generals.

    Here in Yunnan, where I live, you can still meet a few old-timers who had to make their own flintlock muskets to defend themselves from a Japanese invasion from Burma.

    Beware of Commie propaganda, but beware of KMT propaganda, too. But (of course) people will believe whatever they want to. Poke around on the Net a bit and you can probably find the video interview Zhang Xue-liang giving his version of the Xi’an Incident, i.e., kidnappinng Chiang Kai-shek.

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