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China is a sleeping giant. Let her sleep, for when she wakes she will move the world.” Napoleon Bonaparte

France’s future emperor never saw China, but he was wise enough to understand its immense latent strength and future importance. Two centuries after making this prediction, China has proved the Corsican correct.

Last week, China feted the 70th anniversary of the Communist takeover of the mainland. It was a gala demonstration of the nation’s military and social power. I recall watching the 60th anniversary celebration in Hong Kong and wondering at how amazingly far China had come since I first went there in the early 1980’s.

At that time, China was a vastness filled with poverty, suffering and primitive conditions. Red Guards were on the rampage; everything was grim, dusty and backwards. Today, the ‘Great Leap Forward’ predicted by Chairman Mao Zedong and engineered by the equally great Deng Xiaoping and Zhou Enlai has transformed China into the world’s second economic power and a first rate military force.

Over a decade ago, I wrote in my book, `War at the top of the World,’ that America’s greatest geopolitical challenge would be to negotiate a peaceful withdrawal from the mainland of North Asia. China, I predicted, would never allow the US to continue its total domination of the western Pacific. The Koreas, Japan and the chain of islands stretching south would become the key battlegrounds between the US and China. I also foresaw a major land conflict between India and China over parts of the Himalayas and Burma (today Myanmar).

China showed last week that it has serious offensive military power. Gone are the Korean War days of vast infantry armies launching human wave attacks with bugles and burp guns. Today, China’s ground forces look hi-tech and effective. More important, China’s military aviation looks deadly and very modern, though one can never really judge effectiveness until war is joined.

This is particularly true of China’s rapidly expanding blue-water navy which will one day challenge the mighty and highly proficient US Navy. In naval warfare, experience and tradition are of paramount importance. Even the courageous, well-trained Imperial Japanese Navy was totally defeated by the US Navy in titanic battles across the Pacific. China’s naval forces have not waged a war since 1894 when they were trounced by Japan.

But in a US-China war, the Chinese would be fighting almost at home. The US would have to sustain a major conflict many thousands of miles from its home ports. America is the world’s genius when it comes to logistics and mass operations, but even so great distances are punishing. It would prove a bridge too far.


Most alarming in China’s 70th anniversary display was its new DF-41 ICBM heavy missile. Solid-fueled, road mobile, and with multiple warheads, this big beast of a missile is said to be able to reach anywhere in North America within 30 minutes from launch. This means the DF-41 now puts all of the United States at risk.

China’s recently deployed DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missile may be able to hit a moving carrier if targeted by satellites, drones or submarines. Add to this threat numerous new Chinese high-speed anti-ship missiles fired from air, land and submarines that now pose a significant threat to US aircraft carriers. They might prove as deadly to capitol ships as Gen. Billy Mitchell’s bombs did to battleships in 1921.

China is a world leader in electronics. The US should be very concerned that it will develop systems that can interrupt or even block the satellite data that it increasingly uses to target its missiles and detect enemy forces. Remember how the US Stinger missile put the Soviets on the back foot in Afghanistan. Today, the US Air Force, Marines and Naval aviation run on electronics. Jam them and offensive US power would be crippled.

US strategic planning increasingly deals with a Sino-American conflict. But not sufficiently. The Pentagon is still too embroiled in petty Mideast and African conflicts to face the Asian music. The Chinese are coming. They are the only people to make communism (or a version of it) work. China has indeed awakened. Beijing’s next targets will be the US Navy, Taiwan, Japan, Burma and part of India.

While Washington fiddles and burns, Chairman Xi Jinping, the new Chinese emperor, is fast making China great again.

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  1. getaclue says:

    Yes, China is doing great– because “Diversity” ISN’T their strength.

    • Agree: Realist
    • Replies: @Anonymous
  2. Anonymous[242] • Disclaimer says:

    China is doing great because it remained far from the Abrahamic religions. End of story.

    Abrahamic religions are the death of a vibrant intelligent society.

    • Replies: @Proud_Srbin
  3. China is doing great because it has a government which is trying to make it a decent place for all its inhabitants to live in. It has a government which has harnessed the power of capitalism to innovate and develop rapidly while keeping costs down and at the same time keeping it under rigid government control and keeping the political power in its own hands rather than allowing the big industrialists to dictate policy. It has also (Most importantly!) kept control of the money supply in its own hands. Bankers that have abused their position have been executed for it, occasionally.

    Further as has been remarked elsewhere; China has not engaged in trying to “reform” the rest of the world. It has bombed no country back to the stone age. It has occupied nowhere. It has overthrown no other government. It has sanctioned no one.

    To cap it all it has rounded up most if not all of the CIA spies, saboteurs and wreckers that were working in the country until a couple of years ago. That was not the work of a mole but they discovered the means by which the CIA agents were getting their instructions and relaying their messages.

    Xi Jinping has written a book on governance and published it, but while anyone can read it there is no Chinese government policy to force any other country to follow the Chinese model.

    • Agree: RoatanBill
    • Replies: @klctan
  4. Anonymous[240] • Disclaimer says:

    Well China is China. Those in the west know all of China’s many faults.

    But their biggest fault is not kowtowing to the west, if they were only subservient no one in the west would care about protesters in Hong Kong.

  5. nsa says:

    China become velly lich and gleat because not have heblew tlaitors destloying evelything and cut end off baby plick so baby scleam in tellor folever, and China not allow pelvelsion and polnoglaphy and hollible gay plide palade.

    • Replies: @Atle
    , @Buck Ransom
  6. d dan says:

    “Gone are the Korean War days of vast infantry armies launching human wave attacks with bugles and burp guns. ”

    This is a common western misconception. Chinese success wasn’t due to the so-called human wave attacks, but its agility and tactics of infiltration behind enemy lines. In fact, the UN forces, led by US suffered the greatest defeat in the first 2 months after China entered the war, when Chinese forces were actually OUT-NUMBERED at that time.

    “Beijing’s next targets will be the US Navy, Taiwan, Japan, Burma and part of India.”

    Another western mistaken projection on China. No, Beijing’s next targets will be Intel, Google, Qualcomm, SpaceX,… You get what I mean.

  7. So, when do we begin our strategic nuclear forces modernization? Why are we relying on Minuteman IIIs? Where are the Peacekeeper missiles? When are we going to start making Oralloy to increase the number of warheads? Where are our DF-17 hypersonic weapons? Why can’t South Korea and Japan make their own thermonuclear weapons? We could lease them Trident missiles like we do the UK.

    Why should PRC have all the fun in the Pacific when others can too?

  8. klctan says:

    Hong Kong is the weakest link for China where US/UK agents are creating destruction and havoc.

  9. China only lacks 3 things – resources, resources, and resources*.

    China’s strategic position is much like Japan’s in the 1920s and 1930s. If things heat up it will not be necessary to fight China in her own back yard as Mr. Margolis anticipates. It will only be necessary to cut China’s supply lines of oil and food.

    *Primarily energy and food. The much discussed dominance of rare earths is due to development, not mineral deposits. The most significant strategic mineral deposits for the world, including China, are still oil and metallurgical chromium.

    • Replies: @Blinky Bill
    , @Blinky Bill
  10. @another fred

    What percentage of China’s food and energy is imported ? This information is very important, please share it with us. What percentage is imported from Russia, Central Asia, Pakistan, Burma, Mongolia, Laos, North Korea and other nations immune from Naval Blockade ? Why can no one provide this information it would certainly enlighten us all to the magnitude of China’s strategic problems. What I know for certain is China lacks coal, rice, wheat, corn and it’s shale oil reserves are also miniscule. Just look at China’s food production statistics over the last 40 years they are as fake as its economic growth statistics over the same period, hardly impressive !

    • Replies: @Juzi
  11. @another fred

    World Chromium Production 2002

    It’s going to be pretty difficult to naval blockade Kazakhstan.
    One Belt One Road. Maybe they need to claim China has Weapons of Mass Uighur Destruction, that should destroy SinoKazakh relations permanently.

  12. Juzi says:
    @Blinky Bill

    You’ll also notice that these countries cant be easily influenced by the USA precisely because they either are landlocked or have firm control over what sea they have.

    China is not as dumb as you think, and I don’t imagine American general to fight with delusions.

    • Replies: @Blinky Bill
  13. @Juzi

    Why do you think I picked those countries ? Just randomly. Why do so many people assume China is dumb ? Imports of food and energy are a small percentage of overall domestic production. In addition to this a large percentage of imports come from countries which are either politically, military or economically aligned with China. Read Think Type in that order.

  14. @Anonymous

    Correct and way beyond correct, that is why it is taboo subject.
    Monotheistic tyrannies, masquerading as Religions are the root of ALL Evil.
    Today it serves as instrument for control in the past it was an instrument to EXTERMINATE races and complete people off the face of the Planet.
    Today they shed crocodile tears over wales but do not flinch an eye for extermination of 500K of Iraqi children.
    They also love nobelizing mass murderers, all while holding and burning candles the size of horsecock
    demonstrating their “humanity and mercifulness”.

  15. @nsa

    The celebrity teeny-bopper leading the Hong Kong Freedom Democracy(TM) rioters is a chap named Joshua Wong. He’s the one meeting up with CIA and State Department types and receiving gushing state visits from the GloboHomo luvvies like Nancy Pelosi. Again, the name is Joshua Wong. Joshua??!! Really??

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