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The Pacific-Atlantic Alliance is Needed to Contain China’s Threat
Every rational observer has come to the perfectly correct conclusion that the Chinese leaders intend to make China the world hegemon in the 21st century. China’s disproportionate capabilities have the potential to lessen US military advantage, especially where it counts most, in the Pacific region. What is the stratagem that the west, specifically the United States, has in place to counteract this equation?
As early as 2010, the Chinese missile program has been made very advanced and accurate in their newly formed indigenous version of a military-industrial complex. They had started tests on its most ambitious missile project, the DF-21A, an anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM).
The DF-21A is designed to be specifically an aircraft-carrier destroyer, aimed at deterring US aircraft-carrier battle groups from interfering in case of conflict over Taiwan and other crises in the South China Sea, especially the Pacific Ocean in general.
In fact, this was and is an ingenious decision from the military, economic and industrial points of view, because China is acting at her own doorstep. At the same time, America’s forces are stretched over 7000 miles away from the USA and over 2900 miles in Guam.
This system may represent a game-changer and a serious threat to US forces in the region. It must not be taken only by itself, but in conjunction with the complete modernization of all branches of the Chinese military.
In military language, this represents one of the many asymmetric forms of warfare that the Chinese military has been studying and using for centuries, especially since China has no illusions about its military inferiority vis-à-vis the United States at this moment of time.
Even if the US carrier battle group(s) use decoys, cyber warfare, and other methods of defense, the fact still remains that the Chinese can and would unleash tens if not hundreds of such missiles simultaneously to overwhelm all defenses at a fraction of the cost of a destroyed US carrier and several of her support ships.
What should also be taken into consideration are the following facts – among others – regarding the People’s Liberation Army:
- Because the US military is dependent on satellite and space communications, they have therefore invested billions of dollars’ worth in developing anti-satellite weapon systems.
- Besides these missiles, they have been experimenting and developing pulsed laser anti-satellite weapons to disrupt communications and destroy them.
- They are developing Hypersonic missiles that can elude radar systems and get to their targets in a fraction of the time it takes conventional missiles.
In my conclusion, it will be impossible for the USA alone to stand up to the impending Chinese juggernaut. A new outside-the-box thinking must take place to do so. The only possible and plausible scenario I have come to would be a combined Pacific-Atlantic Alliance, made up of the following states:
USA, NATO, Russia, India, Australia, Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines, whose combined populations, military might, and economic resources will be greater than China’s. Any other Southeast Asian country that feels threatened by China and wants to join this security alliance should be taken in, such as Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, etc.
I have tried my best to find an alternative solution other than this one, which is achievable but could not because without such an alliance, each of the states mentioned above – no matter how powerful – will be no match to China in the very near future. If you have a different solution, I would love to hear it? It is time for action!
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