Does China Want to Dominate the World?
Is China really a sleeping dragon, a red menace that will seek to dominate the world and accomplish what the old Soviet Union failed to do from 1917-91? Is there something sinister deep within the political party or military apparatus that the West is simply choosing to ignore because of the current economic wealth available to all? Is there a point when either China's political or more likely, its military might, start to dictate terms to other countries because of their size?
No one really knows and because of that all Western entities should proceed with caution. There is a new U.S. Department of Defense study that warns China has steadily built up its military capabilities to pursue objectives beyond its borders, most likely at Taiwan and the South China Sea, which it considers its own. The report cites a vast network of concealed underground missile complexes and command posts, advanced missile targeting technologies, space-based anti-satellite weapons and cyber warfare capabilities, all looking much more like offensive versus defensive doctrines.
The report states that much of the Chinese military buildup is pointed at Taiwan where more than 1,100 short-range ballistic missiles, 500 combat aircraft. 400,000 troops and 3,000 artillery guns are in the area. So, why? Surely, they are not afraid that Taiwan would ever attack China, so the only answer is to intimidate or plan to reconquest the island that the US has pledged to defend. What would America do if China did? Fighting such a war so far from Japan and America would pose serious problems.
China has 1.25 million combat troops, that is a staggering juggernaut to battle with, even if you have superior technology. China has increased its number of ICBM's, its newer CSS-10 Mod, which has a range in excess of 11,200 kilometers and can reach most locations within the continental United States. Why? What is the purpose other than to force a political desire or worse. Of course, arguments will occur that America has them also, true, but we would never threaten to use them offensively to get something we wanted. There are other ways. China also has the new JL-2 submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), which has a range of 4,000 nautical miles and has three subs and more are coming armed with them. Also, since 2011, their forces have held 32 joint exercises with Russia, Venezuela, Vietnam, Pakistan, Belarus, Mongolia, Thailand, France and the United States. Is it because they want to cooperate or is it more because they are learning from those that one day could be a foe for some reason? Maybe both.
The report clearly thinks that all of China's buildup is to deter and challenge the USA at some point in the future. Right now, they are in no position but in 10 years? And why does China have 3000 miles of underground tunnels and bunkers? Then, there is the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute report stating that China has 250 nuclear warheads. This new report states that China might have as many as 3,000 warheads!
Yet, even many Western firms have been in cahoots with Chinese weapon development for profit, in June 2012, Pratt & Whitney Canada, a subsidiary of U.S. aerospace firm and defense contractor United Technologies Corporation, pleaded guilty to illegally providing military software used in the development of China's Z-10 military attack helicopter. They had to pay $75 million in penalties. Then, there are the constant hacking attacks upon the US manufacturers to obtain secrets about the systems they are working on.
Also, there are many Chinese working for US defense industries that have been arrested for stealing technology secrets, one example is, in September 2012, Zhang Mingsuan was arrested for attempting to acquire up to two tons of aerospace-grade carbon fiber. In a recorded conversation, Zhang claimed he urgently needed the fiber in connection with a scheduled Chinese fighter plane test flight, the J-31 stealth.
All of these issues seem to point another reason why China is on this course.