People tend to forget that China is a belligerent country ruled by a communist authoritarian regime.
This should serve as a reminder.
If China is trying to keep its military ambitions under wraps, somebody forgot to tell the exhibitors at this week’s Zhuhai Airshow.
China’s “Sea Defense System” montage: Who’s that invading Taiwan?
A large montage in one of the main halls showed Chinese forces attacking what appears to be a U.S. aircraft carrier steaming towards an island off China’s coast.
Although it didn’t identify the carrier’s nationality, or the island, military experts at the show said the ship depicted was a U.S. one. And few visitors had any doubt that the island was supposed to be Taiwan, which China regards as part of its territory.
After all, China has repeatedly threatened to attack Taiwan if it declares independence, and the U.S. did send two aircraft carriers to patrol around the island after China conducted missile tests off its coast in 1996.
The montage entitled “Sea Defense System” was part of a display by the state-owned China Aerospace Science & Industry Corp., or CASIC, one of China’s leading arms manufacturers. It showed China responding to the approaching carrier by monitoring its movements with submarines and unmanned aerial vehicles, a.k.a. UAVs, relaying that information to a coastal command centre, and then attacking it with fighter jets and cruise and ballistic missiles.
Like the old Soviet Union, the Chinese usually copy instead of originate:
For anyone who didn’t quite get the message, two screens above the montage showed an animated video illustrating how the UAVs would help guide Chinese missiles to destroy the approaching enemy ships. At one point, Thin Lizzy’s 1976 hit “The Boys Are Back In Town” could be heard playing in the background.
But the muscle flexing didn’t stop there. CASIC’s display also included an armoured vehicle mounted with anti-aircraft missiles that bore an uncanny resemblance to the U.S. military Humvee. China has been known to have the vehicle for some time, but rarely puts it on display.
Are those G.I. Joe figurines?
One of their displays shows Chinese satellites monitoring a battle between Chinese J10 fighters and American F22s in the air, with little plastic models of American Soldiers hiding in the woods around river banks.
Rattling sabers for a Chinese military buildup:
The call for China to abandon modesty about its global goals and “sprint to become world number one” comes from a People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Senior Colonel, Liu Mingfu, who warns that his nation’s ascent will alarm Washington, risking war despite Beijing’s hopes for a “peaceful rise.”
“China’s big goal in the 21st century is to become world number one, the top power,” Liu writes in his newly published Chinese-language book, “The China Dream.”
“If China in the 21st century cannot become world number one, cannot become the top power, then inevitably it will become a straggler that is cast aside,” writes Liu, a professor at the elite National Defense University, which trains rising officers.
His 303-page book stands out for its boldness even in a recent chorus of strident Chinese voices demanding a hard shove back against Washington over trade, Tibet, human rights, and arms sales to Taiwan, the self-ruled island Beijing claims as its own.
……“To save itself, to save the world, China must prepare to become the (world’s) helmsman.”
The Chinese have engaged in cyber attacks, spying, economic espionage, and actual threatening of U.S. Naval vessels. Ya think there’s a pattern there?
I think we ought to invite a Chinese delegation to an American weapons/military exposition and show them a display of MOABS, Nimitz-class super carriers, AH-64 Apache helicopters, Predator UAVs, MLRS, M1Abrams, B2 Stealth bombers, Minuteman-III ICBMs, and a picture of a big fucking mushroom cloud over Beijing.
That would drive the point home.