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What would you do to avoid a nuclear war with China?
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If you could sacrifice 200,000 Americans to prevent a
world-wide nuclear holocaust, would you?
What would you do to prevent Chinese world dominance?
How far would you go to maintain US hegemony?
Is the US empire more valuable than a few hundred thousand American lives?
Can you think intelligently, like the empire's intelligence community?
Gen. Robert Ashley, who runs the
Defense Intelligence Agency — NMCI’s parent agency —
“Over the coming months and years, that will get unpacked in probably a
much more public way, not for this particular venue.
The purpose of America’s military is to protect the United States. That
requires imagining all manner of potential dangers. And in the
Pentagon’s eye, the People’s Republic of China is moving from
theoretical to serious military threat.
The “2020 China Military Power Report” is the 20th such document from
the Department of Defense. When the first issue appeared, America had
little reason to worry.
In the intervening two decades, China’s economy has exploded. Today,
China is second only to the U.S.—first if you base it on purchasing
power parity—and has created a modern, high‐tech society. As a result,
Beijing has acquired enormous economic and political influence abroad.
The CCP has taken advantage of the torrent of new wealth
and steadily increased military outlays. Although Beijing still lags
behind America militarily, the gap has closed substantially. China is
not a power to be trifled with and its ambitions have expanded accordingly.
As this year’s report details, the PRC has marshalled the resources,
technology, and political will over the past two decades to strengthen
and modernize the PLA in nearly every respect. Indeed, as this report
shows, China is already ahead of the United States in certain areas.
Unsurprisingly, given the rapid growth and transformation of the PLA,
there remain “major gaps and shortcomings,” according to the Pentagon.
However, Chinese officials are seeking to address such weaknesses.
Defeating China would be no cakewalk.
Yet projecting power is also
expensive for an
America with little money to spare.
How should Washington proceed?
For a United States used to the status of dominant power, China’s
transformation poses a particularly daunting challenge.
The Pentagon Sizes up China, Sees a Serious Military Threat
By Doug Bandow September 10, 2020