February 12, 2020
NATO officials are warning that Chinese missiles can hit the continental U.S. and Europe.
According to the American Military News article:
China’s expanding arsenal of intercontinental ballistic missiles can reach the United States and Europe, a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) official said on Monday.
NATO Deputy Secretary-General Mircea Geoana warned, in an interview with theWashington Examiner,that NATO allies must become more alert to the threat China poses.
"When we start looking into new technologies, when we start looking into arms control, when we start looking about the fact that, let’s say, Chinese missile capabilities can reach U.S. and Europe — at that moment, of course, we have to start becoming far more attentive also to the rise of China,” Geoana said.
Geoana’s statement echoes previous comments he made atthe Hudson Institute on Friday in which he said the fight between the United States and China is"between us, the ones that believe that democracy and free markets and open societies are the solution, and others that do believe that closed societies, authoritarian regimes, dictatorships, are the most efficient formula to govern modern societies.”
"We are witnessing today an epochal fight for the commanding heights of how human societies are organized,” Geoana said.
The former Romanian foreign minister believes that China needs to join the United States and Russia’s arms control agreement.
"There is a difference of quality in terms of how we see Russia and how we see China in the alliance,” Geoana said. "But the fact that we are seeing China both as a challenge and as an opportunity is reflecting, at the same time, the view coming from the U.S. and many other European countries that China is a nation that is changing the global balance of power, which is an understatement.”
A recent report warned that China could beat the U.S. in a potential conflict, thanks to the country’s emphasis on creating artificial intelligence and rapidly expanding its military.
"Chinese firms and research institutes are advancing uses of AI that could undermine U.S. economic leadership and provide an asymmetrical advantage in warfare,” the report said. "Chinese military strategists see AI as a breakout technology that could enable China to rapidly modernize its military, surpassing overall U.S. capabilities and developing tactics that specifically target U.S. vulnerabilities.”The only reason China could beat us is if we let them. They are not really very creative. But we have let them steal our technology for decades and at the same time have helped train their tech people at our own universities. We've allowed them to corner the market on rare earth elements - the kind needed for high tech equipment. We have ignored their efforts to colonize Africa and other places via their Belt and Roads Project, whereby they lend money to poor countries to develop and then hold them hostage with the interest payments. (And ultimately we are financing this through loans to China from the World Bank, which China then graciously relends to US, making us their debtor.)
(BTW, somebody explain to me how China is sitting on a reserve of %3 trillion dollars? That was done through currency manipulation and little else. We let them get away with that. If they had to play by the rules that cash reserve would draw down very quickly. But we have allowed them to set the value of the Yen at above market price and then use it to obtain the three billion. That money is an illusion, which is why China is so poor while appearing to be so rich - and why China has to take out loans even while supposedly having so much cash.)
Bear in mind the World Bank is supposed to lend to developing nations, not developed nations. China is using this to fund the Belt and Roads project, thus forcing the Third World countries into a debtor's trap - with money they borrow from stupid Westerners. Cute trick.
At any rate, China continues to grow, but only for a season. I rather think of China as a kind of weed; prolific, quick to grow, but ultimately unfruitful. It will eventually fail because of the same internal contradictions as the Soviet Union. But it can do a lot of damage in the meantime.
That's why we should take a hard line with China. And stop borrowing money from the Dragon.
Good luck with that last.
Why didn't I think of that when I was still running a business? I could have driven myself out of business and saved myself all that hard work being successful.
Posted by: Bill H at February 12, 2020 09:29 AM (vMiSr)
Come on, Tim, you usually make more sense than this. The Chinese have more people in their military than we have in our entire nation. We have been trying for eighteen years to defeat the Taliban, who are armed with nothing larger than an RPG, and have not been able to. Our Navy cannot even navigate without hitting cargo ships. We have not beaten anyone since 1945.
Posted by: Bill H at February 12, 2020 09:36 AM (vMiSr)
They DO have a much larger army than do we, and theoretically have technology to back it up, but if push comes to shove will their tech work? Not sure what an army in Asia could do to us in America. It would be different if we tried to invade China itself, of course.
But again, I'm talking about long term strategic competition here and not a major war where we go into China. Please bear that in mind. We ARE at war with China even if we do not think so, but it is a quiet war using economics, technology, geopolitical maneuvering. It's something of a cold war. My point is, we can win if we understand we created this threat in the first place. I do not believe China will be the world's dominant power, as so many predict. The only way that will happen is if we roll over for them.
My money is on India, if we are picking future superpowers. India wold be a much better superpower, too, than the communists in China.
Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at February 13, 2020 07:49 AM (51rmE)
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