World View: China Boasts About Submarines Capable of Attacking Cities Across U.S.
This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com
- Pakistan blames U.S. drone strike for the 'murder of peace'
- China's strategic failures in the South China Sea
- China boasts about submarines capable of attacking cities across U.S.
- Report: China sending reconnaissance ship to Hawaii
Pakistan blames U.S. drone strike for the 'murder of peace'
Hakimullah Mehsud in 2009
Pakistan is calling the U.S. drone strike that killed Pakistani
Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud a "murder of peace," because it's an
attack on the peace process that Pakistan has been pursuing with the
The U.S. has put a $5 million price tag on Mehsud's head because he
led of some of the most damaging strikes against U.S. interests by
Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP - the Pakistani Taliban). The worst
incident was a suicide attack at a CIA base near Khost in Afghanistan
in 2009 that killed seven CIA agents and injured six others. The
incident was later recreated in the film about the hunt for Osama bin
Laden, Zero Dark 30.
However, according to Pakistan's Interior Minister, Chaudhry Nisar:
"Pakistan does not see this strike as an attack on a
person, it is an attack on the peace process. Islamabad’s efforts
have been ambushed. It was not even an ambush from the front.
Seven-week behind-the-scene efforts by us, where brick by brick we
tried to roll a process for peace in our homeland, and what have
you (US) done? You reduced our weeks-long efforts to ashes hours
before a delegation of respected ulema was to leave for Miranshah
and hand over a formal dialogue invitation to the
Let's be clear that this statement by Nisar is fantasy. This wasn't a
"peace process" that was "murdered." Pakistan was about to invite
Mehsud to attend negotiations. That's all. As soon as the peace
talks were proposed, the Mehsud immediately started to impose
conditions: TTP prisoners must be released from jail, the army must be
withdrawn from the tribal areas where it has been fighting the
Taliban, and the government must agree to impose Sharia law on the
country. These conditions could never have been accepted by the
Pakistan government. So Nisar's claim is just another totally
absurd claim by another politician.
Nisar is demanding that the U.S. end drone strikes. He'd better have
a chat with his government's own Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)
agency, which has always worked closely with the U.S. to identify
drone strike targets. It's quite likely that the ISI was aware of the
strike on Mehsud before it occurred. Daily Times (Pakistan) and VOA and Telegraph
China's strategic failures in the South China Sea
China's aggressive demands in the South China Sea, demanding
sovereignty over the entire region, including areas that have
historically belonged to other nations, have backfired in the sense
that they have had adverse consequences for China:
China has become increasingly isolated, with no "natural allies" in
the region besides North Korea and Pakistan. [I would add Cambodia to
- The South China Sea disputes have become "internationalized,"
something that China desperately wanted to avoid. That is, China had
hoped to force Vietnam, Brunei, the Philippines and others to
negotiate with China individually, giving China an enormous advantage
in each case. Instead, the disputes have been referred to the United
Nations, to ASEAN, and to other international forums, allowing the
other countries to "gang up" on China.
- China has polarized the region, due to growing perceptions of
the unfolding "China Threat."
- The South China Sea disputes triggered America's "Strategic
Pivot to the Asia Pacific."
- Japan and India have forged a strategic partnership, and
are fast-tracking the modernization of their armed forces.
- Russia has also declared a Strategic Pivot to the Asia
- Russia is also fast-tracking a military upgrade bordering
China and in the Pacific.
- The U.S. has been forced to adopt a clear declaratory statement on
freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.
- The U.S. has been forced to publicly declare its commitment to
mutual defense treaties with Japan and the Philippines.
These adverse consequences to China's diplomatic policies do not mean
that China will retrench and rethink its aggressiveness. To the
contrary, the adversities will make China more nationalistic, and more
likely to use military force, instead of diplomatic policies. China
seems to be set on a collision course with the United States, Japan
and India, and probably Russia as well. South Asia Analysis Group (SAAG)
China boasts about submarines capable of attacking cities across U.S.
Map from China's Global Times displaying intended targets of China's submarine-based missiles
China's state-run media are boasting about a submarine fleet capable
of launching warheads at cities across the United States. This
openness is a major change of policy. According to Chinese military
expert Major General Yin Zhuo:
"By showing the world China’s military development,
the army hopes to deter those who have ulterior motives. Those who
want to challenge China’s core interests: they will not only face
its naval aviation forces, but also its underwater submarine
One Global Times article explains the military strategy as follows:
"Because the Midwest states of the U.S. are sparsely
populated, in order to increase the lethality, [our] nuclear
attacks should mainly target the key cities on the West Coast of
the United States, such as Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco and
San Diego. ...
If we launch our DF 31A ICBMs over the North Pole, we can easily
destroy a whole list of metropolises on the East Coast and the New
England region of the U.S., including Annapolis, Philadelphia, New
York, Boston, Portland, Baltimore and Norfolk, whose population
accounts for about one-eighth of America’s total
China’s submarine fleet is reportedly the world’s second-largest, with
about 70 vessels. About 10 are nuclear-powered, and four or more of
those are nuclear ballistic submarines capable of launching missiles.
CNTV (Beijing) and Washington Times and Daily Mail (London)
Report: China sending reconnaissance ship to Hawaii
China has for the first time sent 4,000 ton electronic reconnaissance
ship to Hawaii, within the U.S. 200-nautical mile EEZ (exclusive
economic Zone). The ship is believed to have jamming equipment, and
has a potential for offensive actions against the U.S. Global Research
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