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Op-Ed # 613 The Communist Chinese Navy in Confrontation With the US Navy

  • Op-Ed # 613 The Communist Chinese Navy in Confrontation With the US Navy

By Capt Joseph R. John, April 12, 2023

By reviewing the below listed article, about Communist China now operating the largest navy in the world, it would be obvious to even a casual observer without military experience, that the Biden/Obama administration has not been taking the desperately needed long term defensive actions to protect and defend the homeland with a strong US Navy.  The Biden/Obama administration has also failed to protect the homeland from a devastating attack by Communist China on the US Electrical Grid with a high-altitude low yield nuclear weapon.  

The Biden/Obama administration has repeatedly told Americans the US is in friendly competition with Communist China, while Xi, the General Secretary of the atheist Chinese Communist Party (CCP), tells the population of China that they are at war with the United States, and Xi is mobilizing Communist China to prepare for war with the United States.  Despite the fact that, three years ago, Taiwan advanced $5 billion to the US to purchase 22 defensive weapon systems, the Biden/Obama administration’s State Department and Defense Department have failed to approve delivery of those weapons systems to Taiwan.

“The one thing that we know is that China is making fast preparations for war now,” Gatestone Institute Senior Fellow and “The Great U.S.-China Tech War” author Gordon Chang said on “Mornings with Maria” Monday.  Gordon Chang said, “Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, just about 24 hours ago said all of this was overheated rhetoric, the way he put it.  But the point is, China is preparing to kill Americans and we’ve got to prepare to defend ourselves,” Chang continued. “And the Defense Department is making slow, really slow, molasses-slow preparations to oppose China.”

The US Department of Homeland Security is allowing millions of Illegal Alien Chinese Communists to enter the US. The US Justice Department allowed Communist China to operate a Communist Chinese Police Station in New York City.  The Socialist Democrat Congressmen have been covering up all of Communist China’s anti-American initiatives.  The Biden/Obama State Department has failed to respond to or oppose Communist China warnings and threats toward the US, and the Marxist Media Establishment controlled by Communist China’s advertising dollars is covering up the Biden/Obama administration’s support for Communist China.

The Washington DC Deep State has been allowing Communist China to establish Fifth Columns in the government bureaucracy, infiltrating America’s universities from planting communist professors to indoctrinate students in Communism to making generous “endowments.” “Turncoat” retired US Congressmen on both sides of the aisle are lobbying for anti-American policies in support of Communist China.  US Corporations operating in Communist China have transferred millions of jobs away from middle America to Communist China, and Communist China is in partnership with the Mexican Drug Cartels flooding America with fentanyl, the number 1 killer of 100,000 Americans aged 18 to 45.

The Biden/Obama administration have maintained a blind eye toward Communist China’s buying up US farmland near sensitive US Military bases, allowed Communist China to brainwash American students in US Universities, and are allowing Communist China to indoctrinate the US youthful population with anti-American propaganda streaming on Tik Tok with over 70 million monthly US users (exposed as a secret surveillance toll for the CCP, enabling it to gather personal data on millions of young Americans). The Biden/Obama administration and the Socialist Democrats in Congress have failed to protect and defend the US Constitutional Republic.  Their inactions to protect Americans have contributed toward undermining the “Freedoms” outlined in The Bill of Rights, especially “Freedom of Speech.”   

The Biden/Obama administration has failed to provide defensive budgets to support a strong US Navy for the defenses of its US Asian/Pacific Allies from an attack by Communist China (Australia, Japan, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Guam, and Laos).  The inappropriate focus on Woke policies in the US Armed Forces by the Secretary of Defense has been eroding the “Combat Effectiveness” of the US Navy, while failing to support policies to build a strong US Navy.  Although Communist China has historically been a land power, it has built the largest navy in the world, because of the refusal of Socialist Democrat Congress to fund a strong US Navy, in the favor of funding billions of dollars on Climate Change initiatives.  The Senate Rhinos led by McConnell, Murkowski, and Romney, voted to go along with the Socialist Democrats to spend billions of dollars on Climate Change, instead of holding out for a Defense Budget to build a strong US Navy, and for hardening the US Electrical Grid.  The below listed article outlines how the Socialist Democrat Congress refusal to fund a larger US Navy, allowed Communist China to build the largest Navy in the world, and how it now confronts the US Navy.   

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A Tale of Two 4-Stars

Milley v. Richard





How should we talk about the People’s Republic of China?


The PRC, historically a land power, now has the world’s largest navy. I’m still a bit shocked this fact has not resulted in an appropriate response in DC and then nation at large, but complacency is a hell of a drug.


To its south, the PRC continues to make aggressive moves against India. To her east and southeast she is either threatening to seize land and sea as she is against Taiwan, or outright taking as in the South China Sea.


Diplomatically, she continues to grow her presence not just in the islands in the western Pacific, but along the world’s sea lines of communication - up to and including in the Western Hemisphere.


As we’ve covered here since 2004, the PRC is playing The Long Gamewith the understanding that “to be the hegemon, you have to beat the hegemon.” 


Only the willfully blind or compromised cannot see the clear trends. You have to respect the PRC in this regard; they have been focused, persistent, and determined to one goal; replace the United States as the premier world power.


Though many American “elites” refuse to see it, the PRC’s elite know full well that American power resides in its sea power. To reclaim what she sees as historically hers at sea, this land power knows it must fight and defeat the Americans at sea - or have such regional strength that the Americans realize they cannot oppose the PRC righting historical wrongs west of Wake. She would be happy for us to just gracefully back away from the inevitable, but if needed she is prepared - as Japan did to Russia over a century ago - to force the new reality at war. 


History has seen this pattern before, and will see it again. It is as old as our species. It doesn’t matter if you are the village elders in the forests at the edge of the steppe, or the French General Staff in 1939 - ignoring, happy-talking, mental vapor-lock, or just hoping is never the best approach to a rising power’s challenge.


Let’s look at two recent examples of the state of the conversation at the very heights of our uniformed leadership. Two very different men with two very different approaches.


Pick your player.


First we have the comments of the Commander of U.S. Strategic Command Admiral Charles A. Richard, USN.


"We are witnessing a strategic breakout by China. The explosive growth and modernization of its nuclear and conventional forces can only be what I describe as breathtaking. And frankly, that word breathtaking may not be enough," he said.


China is rapidly improving its strategic nuclear capability and capacity, Richard said. It's growing and enhancing its missile force, including multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles. These include intermediate range ballistic missiles, mobile ICBMs and submarine-launched nuclear ballistic missiles. 


Beijing is also pursuing advanced weapons such as hypersonics, he said.


"Because of these challenges our current terrestrial- and space-based sensor architecture may not be sufficient to detect and track these hypersonic missiles," he said. 


In 2019, China tested more ballistic missiles than the rest of the world combined, he noted.


Beijing is also developing a modern nuclear command and control capability and is modernizing its conventional forces to include ships, submarines and aircraft, he added.


"They have the largest Navy in the world and they have the third largest air force in the world," he said.


As one would expect from a nuclear trained submariner with multiple command tours, Admiral Richard’s statements are fact based, direct, and are a clear representation of the world as it is.


He also outlines some proper responses to the challenges he outlines;


To better understand and respond to national security threats, the department needs to harness America's great intellectual community, as it has done before with the RAND Corporation, he said.


The ongoing National Defense Strategy, Nuclear Posture Review and Missile Defense Review, are the ideal means to address the threats, inform decision makers and inform the department's path forward.


Industry as well needs to shore up the nation's defenses by delivering needed technology and systems on time and at reasonable cost, he said.


The importance of allied and partner interoperability and rigorous joint and combined war games and exercises cannot be overstated, Richard said.


You can argue the “what next” response, but you can’t argue with the “what” or “so what.”


There is something anyone from the deckplate leader to Congress to act on there.


Now let’s compare the above to a rather different set of comments from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, USA, on the same topic; 


The Joint Chiefs chairman warned against the rise of “overheated” rhetoric of a looming U.S. war with China, and he said he doubts China’s chances of “conquering” Taiwan. But, he added, the United States should continue to quicken arms shipments to the self-governing nation and its own military capabilities, just in case.


“I think there's a lot of rhetoric in China, and a lot of rhetoric elsewhere, to include the United States, that could create the perception that war is right around the corner or we’re on the brink of war with China,” Milley said in an interview with Defense One. 


“And that could happen. I mean, it is possible that you could have an incident or some other trigger event that could lead to uncontrolled escalation. So, it's not impossible. But I don't think at this point I would put it in the likely category,” said Milley. “And I think that the rhetoric itself can overheat the environment.”


Milley said Taiwan needs air defense, anti-ship cruise missiles, and anti-ship mines. But he said the island itself, its population of 23 million—including 170,000 active duty military and 1-to-2 million reserves,—and China’s lack of experience make a takeover unlikely. “It favors the defense. It would be a very difficult island to capture,” he said.


“For the Chinese to conduct an amphibious and airborne operation to seize that island—to actually seize it?—That's a really difficult operation. But Xi put the challenge out there, and we'll see where it goes.”


Where do I even begin with this man who has clearly lost the bubble? This is just another datapoint.


This is from the guy who, in his own words;


1.     Did not see AFG falling as fast as it did.


2.     Held no one accountable for #1, even himself.


3.     Called his PLA counterpart concerning a domestic political issue.


4.     In open, in front of Congress and everyone, pretends to be ignorantof his military’s engagement in gender socio-political culture wars - an ignorance that supports one side of the political spectrum, while also being enthusiastic in his military’s and personal involvement in another socio-political culture war topic - an advocacy that supports the same side of the political spectrum as his ignorance.


Which 4-star do you think policy makers, leaders, and the general public should listen to and align with when it comes to the PRC?


What does history tell you?


What do the facts tell you?


What does your gut tell you?