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America Loses Asia-Pacific as Full Spectrum Dominance Continues to Fail

Authored Matthew Ehret via The Strategic Culture Foundation:

Always working a little harder than most to stay a step below reality, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper made especially candid remarks this week that America’s INF pullout was timed for a targeting of forces against China.

Speaking to Fox on August 21st, Esper said: “We want to make sure that we, as we need to, have the capability to deter Chinese bad behavior… China is the number one priority for this department. It’s outlined in the national defense strategy, why we think it’s a long term strategic competitor and one that is pursuing a maximization campaign, if you will, throughout the indo-Pacific theater, whether its politically, economically or militarily…”

Echoing a little Dr. Strangelove, Esper stated that there is “a coming shift” from “low intensity conflict that lasts 18 years to high intensity conflicts against competitors such as Russia and China.”

While American military exercises in the Pacific have played out on China’s doorstep at an accelerating rate since the Pivot to Asia was announced in 2011 with the most recent US-Australia Talisman Sabre bi-annual exercise and US-South Korea Ulchi Freedom war games this month, China has not remained idle.

In response to America’s vast array of military infrastructure built up on China’s border, China has responded by the unveiling of cutting edge anti-ballistic missile technologies, including hypersonic weaponry to counteract the American threat. A large part of China’s defensive response includes the Russian S400 anti-missile system which is also being adopted by India, Turkey, Syria and the United Arab Emirates as a unified system which renders the American THAAD and ABM systems impotent and obsolete. Although unconfirmed, American generals have freaked out that China is building a joint China-Cambodia naval base in Preah Sihanouk Province that gives China easy access to coastal waters on the Gulf of Thailand and ready access to the South China Sea.

America’s military impotence when faced with the new cutting edge technologies unveiled by Russia and China was outlined in a recent report released by the US Studies Center at the University of Sydney which stated that “America no longer enjoys military primacy in the indo Pacific and its capacity to uphold a favorable balance of power is increasingly uncertain.” Referring to China’s advanced anti-aircraft weapons, the report says “Chinese counter-intervention systems have undermined America’s ability to project power in the Indo-Pacific region” which the authors say, could be rendered impotent within the first 8 hours of conflict.

Rather than use this information to propose a new security doctrine premised on cooperation and dialogue as China has offered on countless occasions, the report’s authors join the fantasy world of Esper calling instead for a “collective defense” strategy akin to a Pacific NATO, whereby all of America’s Pacific allies could join in an anti-Chinese military alliance together, and relieving America of the burden of carrying WWIII on its own.

We know that this Pacific NATO has been discussed for some time and was at the heart of recent Pacific Vanguard naval drills conducted between the USA, Australia, Japan and South Korea in May 2019 which saw the participation of 3000 soldiers, two Japanese destroyers, a South Korean destroyer and two Australian frigates in their first joint war game. This outlook was also behind the August naval drill played out by Malaysia, USA, New Zealand and Australia in Guam. The USA has 54 000 troops in Japan and 28 000 in South Korea.

When China and Russia conducted their first long range joint air patrol in the Asia Pacific in July 2019, South Korea and Japan scrambled jets to intercept the Chinese and Russian aircraft, with South Korea firing hundreds of warning shots. Backed up by the USA, both Asian countries screamed loudly (and without evidence) that their air space had been violated.

In response to the belligerent comments by Esper and the Australian report, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said “China is firmly on a path of peaceful development and our national defense policy is defensive in nature”. China has gone further by providing a cooperative framework under the Belt and Road Initiative which is built around the brilliant political agenda of providing diplomatic solutions to geopolitical points of tension through economic development strategies that enrich all participants. This approach has provided China great payback through the defusing of tensions with other nations claiming territory within the South China Sea- especially under the pro-BRI orientation of Malaysia’s Dr. Mahathir Mohammed and the Philippines’ President Duterte.

Not feeling at ease being caught in the crossfire of a nuclear exchange, Japan and South Korea have also gone so far as to create a new trilateral cooperation agreement with China on August 21 premised on “next generation exchange projects in three countries… We hope to discuss future-oriented partnerships and regional affairs, including North Korea.” The agreement also enables international join investment in all countries operating under the BRI framework. Together the three countries account for over a quarter of the world’s productivity and have everything to gain by working together.

Those American military officials promoting the obsolete doctrine of Full Spectrum dominance are dancing to the tune of a song that stopped playing some time ago. Both Russia and China have changed the rules of the game on a multitude of levels, and can respond with fatal force to any attack upon their soil with next generation weaponry beyond the scope of anything imagined by ivory tower game theorists in the west.

The ship of world history has changed course away from the rapids of war and economic collapse, as the Belt and Road Initiative has grown to proportions not imagined possible just a few years earlier and the coming months will be decisive as the west does some soul searching and decides which future it would like to have.


BIO: Matthew J.L. Ehret is a journalist, lecturer and founder of the Canadian Patriot Review and the Rising Tide Foundation. He has published the report “The Time has Come for Canada to Join the New Silk Road” and three volumes of the Untold History of Canada (available on untoldhistory.canadianpatriot.org). He can be reached at [email protected].

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Here is an article that looks at recent developments in China’s missile program:

https://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2019/09/chinas-rocket-forces-new-cold-war-era.html

China now has the ability to survive a missile attack by an adversary as well as creating a scenario where it will be increasingly difficult to remove China as a world power.

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Look who's talkin'

‘Chinese bad behavior’…LOL It’s like one prison gang telling another prison gang to ‘give up your territory or we’ll fix you.’.

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Smoking Eagle

That jumped out at me too. So the roguest of all rogue nations, the one that has killed 25 to 30 million people worldwide since the 1950s and five million people in the Middle east over the past 19 years, that overtly practices regime change, that has 850+ overseas military bases, that ignores or shreds international treaties, and that is wrecking many countries’ economies, dares to talk about another country’s “bad behaviour”? Oops! I neglected to mention the thousands of men, women and children that it has so inhumanely caged in disgusting conditions on its own soil.

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re: “the obsolete doctrine of Full Spectrum dominance” — It’s only “obsolete” if you think that Dr. Strangelove won’t launch ICBMs and SLBMs. There is NO WAY that the psychopaths who rule us (and who have underground bunkers) are going to be checkmated. They’ll incinerate everyone else first. They’ll send us back to the stone age while they enjoy champagne and caviar 500 feet beneath the surface of the earth. Hell, ONE nuclear sub could cripple China.(1) (1) Ohio-class boats may be the most destructive weapon system created by humankind. Each of the 170-meter-long vessels can carry twenty-four Trident II… Read more »

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Donald Trump was not the 1st one to threaten “FIRE and FURY like this World has never seen before.” I doubt he realized when he put that threat “on the table” he served NOTICE on the World and made CURRENT, this 2800 year old prophecy of the Major Jewish Prophet, and Sign of The Times, For behold, the Lord shall come with FIRE, and like a tempest, His chariots, to render His anger with FURY, and His rebuke with flames of FIRE. For with FIRE, will the Lord contend, and with His sword with all flesh, and those slain by… Read more »

Dan Kuhn
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And while that was happening China`s subs would be flattening every city in the US and Europe. If the US thought for one minute that it could get away with a nuclear attack on Russia and or China it would have already been done.

Biff Einstein
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Biff Einstein

@Dan — You miss the point. I wrote: “They’ll incinerate everyone else first. They’ll send us back to the stone age while they enjoy champagne and caviar 500 feet beneath the surface of the earth.” You make the mistake of assuming they give a crap about someone else “flattening every city in the US and Europe”. They don’t. They’re mass murdering psychopaths who only care about their own skins and power. These psychos aren’t going to give up ruling the world for something like “humanity”. Like Hitler, they’re into scorched earth. Hitler ordered Paris burned to the ground as the… Read more »

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China’s response to the US nukes? DF-5, DF-31A, DF-31B, DF-41, JL-2, JL-3 and hypersonic missiles. The world will find out just how powerful Chinese nukes are when American cities burn like inferno.

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America runs the risk of painting itself into a hot war, either in Europe or the far East. Such a confrontation runs a very real risk of going nuclear. The US military has stated its position on nukes and is the most likely source of such an escalation. American hubris will see a miracle reversal in the event that New York or Washington is attacked with such weapons and they see the result of such a reprisal as the loss of a million-plus civilians. Hillary Clinton would have been eminently capable of creating such a disaster but, it seems that… Read more »

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