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Cadence Column: Asia, December 4, 2017


The US is gearing up for a demonstration of it’s new Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II jets. North Korea is providing the perfect opportunity. When all is done, be ready to count the headlines in which the F-35s appear. There are a variety of factors in the North Korean conflict. As you count them, don’t … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, September 4, 2017


Korea’s situation is amplifying. We know this. North Korea is making more threats than ever with it’s “boy king” on the iron clad throne. We know that military options are 1. relevant and 2. undesirable. The Pentagon consistently barks about “military options”, while “economic options” stay on the table—don’t overlook how talk of military bolsters … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, October 31, 2016


Chinese President Xi has been hailed with a personality cult akin to support for Chairman Mao, at least in some circles. As if the Xi personality cult wasn’t enough, China also saw a bloodless victory in the Philippines. In an effort to seek their own so-called “independence”, Philippinos’ new choice of a president has thrown-off … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, October 3, 2016


With the US continuing its shift to Asia from the Middle East, China faces a choice. Beijing knows that various and sundry forces in the Middle East are a growing threat—as well as in Malaysia and other places Chinese have migrated to. From Obama’s arguably premature exit from Iraq, we can see the results of … Continue reading

Revamping defence strategy vital for US to prevent being surpassed by China


Reuters reports today that US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel recently said that Russia and China are trying to close the technology gap with the US. Realisation of the fierce arms race the US faces is certainly good, but the idea that China is merely catching up proves US underestimates China’s efforts to surpass the US. … Continue reading

Chinese jet’s aggressive intercept of US jet in international waters


A Chinese fighter came perilously close to a US military patrol plane over international waters east of China’s Hainan Island, the Pentagon has said. Spokesman John Kirby said that the US had protested to the Chinese military over the mid-air intercept, calling the fighter pilot’s actions “unsafe and unprofessional”. He said that the Chinese aircraft … Continue reading

China Secretly Conducts Second Flight Test Of New Ultra High-Speed Missile


China recently conducted the second flight test of a new, ultra-high-speed missile that is part of what analysts say is Beijing’s global system of attack weapons capable of striking the United States with nuclear warheads. The latest test of the new hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV) known as Wu-14 took place Aug. 7 at a missile … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, July 14


The word for the week is “rhetoric”. There has been a lot of talk and analysis of the situation with China and Southeast Asia. China continues to bully. The US calls for calm. In Asian thinking, China’s aggression is “polite.” It serves as a kind of warning. Beijing expects the West to run away like … Continue reading

Cyberwarfare between the US and China visualized


Since the dawn of the internet age, there has been no shortage of stories about hackers, malware-peddling malcontents, online scams and identity theft. Add to that the growing consensus that wars in the future will be fought online through “cyberwarfare divisions”, and you can understand why such positive statements once made about the internet – … Continue reading

Call made to US Congress for China war plan


The U.S. military needs a more focused war plan specific to China, especially after China’s recent declaration of an air defense zone over the East China Sea, a group of defense analysts told a prominent US House subcommittee. As part of the Pentagon’s overall defense strategy to pivot to the Pacific, the U.S. should buy … Continue reading

China-U.S. military ties grow as they eye each other at sea


China’s official People’s Daily newspaper lambasted the U.S. when it led the most recent RIMPAC naval drill, the Pacific Ocean military simulation held every other year. The 22-nation exercise reflected Washington’s bid to “contain the military rise of another country,” it said. Next year, Chinese ships will join the Rim of the Pacific exercise for the first time. During a … Continue reading

Air-Sea Battle: A dangerous way to deal with China


On the face of it, the Pentagon’s Air-Sea Battle plan makes eminently good sense; it is a clear response to a clear challenge. China has been developing a whole slew of weapons (especially anti-ship missiles) over the past two decades that are of great concern to the U.S. military. These weapons, known in Pentagon-speak as … Continue reading

China calls US the ‘real hacking empire’ after Pentagon report


China on Wednesday accused the United States of sowing discord between China and its neighbours after the Pentagon said Beijing is using espionage to fuel its military modernisation, branding Washington the “real hacking empire”. The latest salvo came a day after China’s foreign ministry dismissed as groundless a Pentagon report which accused China for the … Continue reading

Pentagon paying China to carry top secret data


Over the past few years, US politicians have expressed serious concerns that far too much sensitive information passes through the hands of companies and agencies located in China. In spite of that, the Pentagon – starved for satellite bandwidth – has decided to pay a Chinese satellite firm to help it communicate and share data … Continue reading

Espionage fuels China’s fast-paced military build-up


China is using state-sponsored industrial and economic espionage to acquire technology fueling its fast-paced military modernization program and cut its reliance on foreign arms makers, the Pentagon said on Monday. In its 83-page annual report to Congress on Chinese military developments, the U.S. Defense Department also highlighted Beijing’s efforts to develop advanced-technology stealth aircraft and … Continue reading

The American military is using Chinese satellites


U.S. forces are so heavily saturated with different communication devices that if not transmitted by satellite would cause serious problems. Data flow is so great that there are no adequate available satellites. The Pentagon has quietly hired a Chinese satellite, APSTAR-7, through which will flow communications with the army in Africa. Information about buying Chinese … Continue reading

Pentagon must investigate China’s “underground Great Wall” nuclear arsenal


The Pentagon‘s latest budget proposal, signed by Barack Obama, contains an item requiring the army to prepare a report on a secret network of tunnels, where the Chinese are hiding their nuclear arsenal. According to the proposal signed by the president, which was originally prepared by the Pentagon and then modified the Congress, the military … Continue reading

China leads rise in Asia military spending


SCMP carries a report by Agence France-Presse from Washington that “Military spending by Asia’s major powers increased dramatically over the past decade with China leading the way, as its defence budget quadrupled since 2000, according to a study.” “Among all countries, China now ranks second behind the United States in total military spending, though the … Continue reading

China’s U.S. debt holdings aren’t threat, Pentagon says


China’s holdings of more than $1 trillion in U.S. debt and the prospect that it might “suddenly and significantly” withdraw funds don’t pose a national security threat, according to a first-ever Pentagon assessment. “China has few attractive options for investing the bulk of its large foreign exchange holdings out of U.S. Treasury securities,” given their … Continue reading

China’s military subsidised by civilian sector


In my post “China’s target, dive down to 11,000 meters”, a description is given on manned deep diving tests by a research institute of the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation. The tests are obviously mainly for military purpose now due to its importance for deep-sea military operation while there are so far no civil needs for … Continue reading

Asia to be base for 60 pc of U.S. fleet; China welcomes move


Most of America’s warships will be stationed in the Asia-Pacific region by 2020, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said yesterday. He revealed about 60 per cent of the US naval fleet would be assigned to the region, as he spelled out the meaning of the Pentagon’s “pivot” towards Asia. Senior US defence officials also told … Continue reading

China’s Houbei class fast-speed missile boats


Reuters says in its annual report on the Chinese military, the Pentagon said earlier this month the Chinese navy had deployed about 60 of the Houbei class fast-speed missile boats. With an estimated top speed of more than 36 knots, the 225-tonne boats can attack with their YJ-83 anti-ship missiles with a range of 200 … Continue reading

China accuses Pentagon of undermining ties with Taiwan


China’s Defence Ministry has accused the Pentagon of hyping Chinese military power and its threat to Taiwan in a depiction that will ultimately undermine ties between the two militaries. The annual Pentagon report to Congress on China’s military always draws strenuous objections from Beijing. This year’s report — which outlined a Chinese military modernisation effort … Continue reading

Chinese entities world’s biggest economic spies


The Pentagon said on Friday it believes China spent up to $180 billion on its military buildup last year, a far higher figure than acknowledged by Beijing, and it accused “Chinese actors” of being the world’s biggest perpetrators of economic espionage. China rejected the report as irresponsible, saying the United States was spreading a “China … Continue reading

US House panel focuses on China’s defence buildup


Lawmakers in the House of Representatives are pushing for the Pentagon to provide more accurate reports on China’s military development and for tighter controls on defence-related technology transfers to foreign countries. Randy Forbes, chairman of the House of Representatives Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee, said on Thursday the measures – which his panel included in next … Continue reading

U.S., China must work to avoid cyber conflict: Panetta


The United States and China both have advanced cyber warfare capabilities and must work to avoid miscalculations that could lead to conflict, Defence Secretary  Leon Panetta said on Monday as he hosted the first visit by a Chinese defence minister in nine years. Panetta, standing alongside Defence Minister Liang Guanglie, defended the U.S. military’s shift … Continue reading

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