Sunday, April 25, 2010

THIS Is Who's Propping Up Our Economy
Goodbye Uncle Sam, Hello Uncle Mao

I've been following this for years. Now it's coming to fruition... a blue water Communist Chinese fleet. And a powerful one, at that.

This is dangerous. Very dangerous. I suggest we keep this tucked in the back of your brain housing group whenever we read that we are becoming more and more beholden to these heathen Communists. Oh, and that we've WILLFULLY shipped so much of our industrial might directly to Communist China.

Here's some of the article from the New York Times; (Emphasis mine)

Chinese Military Seeks to Extend Its Naval Power
The strategy reflects China’s growing sense of self-confidence and increasing willingness to assert its interests abroad.

YALONG BAY, China — The Chinese military is seeking to project naval power well beyond the Chinese coast, from the oil ports of the Middle East to the shipping lanes of the Pacific, where the United States Navy has long reigned as the dominant force, military officials and analysts say.

China calls the new strategy “far sea defense,” and the speed with which it is building long-range capabilities has surprised foreign military officials.

The strategy is a sharp break from the traditional, narrower doctrine of preparing for war over the self-governing island of Taiwan or defending the Chinese coast. Now, Chinese admirals say they want warships to escort commercial vessels that are crucial to the country’s economy, from as far as the Persian Gulf to the Strait of Malacca, in Southeast Asia, and to help secure Chinese interests in the resource-rich South and East China Seas.

In late March, two Chinese warships docked in Abu Dhabi, the first time the modern Chinese Navy made a port visit in the Middle East.

The overall plan reflects China’s growing sense of self-confidence and increasing willingness to assert its interests abroad. China’s naval ambitions are being felt, too, in recent muscle flexing with the United States: in March, Chinese officials told senior American officials privately that China would brook no foreign interference in its territorial issues in the South China Sea, said a senior American official involved in China policy.

The naval expansion will not make China a serious rival to American naval hegemony in the near future, and there are few indications that China has aggressive intentions toward the United States or other countries.

But China, now the world’s leading exporter and a giant buyer of oil and other natural resources, is also no longer content to trust the security of sea lanes to the Americans, and its definition of its own core interests has expanded along with its economic clout.

In late March, Adm. Robert F. Willard, the leader of the United States Pacific Command, said in Congressional testimony that recent Chinese military developments were “pretty dramatic.” China has tested long-range ballistic missiles that could be used against aircraft carriers, he said. After years of denials, Chinese officials have confirmed that they intend to deploy an aircraft carrier group within a few years.

China is also developing a sophisticated submarine fleet that could try to prevent foreign naval vessels from entering its strategic waters if a conflict erupted in the region, said Admiral Willard and military analysts.

5 Comments:

Blogger scotju said...

Have you ever read kevin Phillip's "Bad Money"? In his book, he shows that the world's money is headed to China because China has, among other things, a lot of cheap, barely tapped energy resources. The greedy Western financial interests want that cheap energy for their manufactering and other energy needs. These idiots don't realize that one day the Chinese will tighten the screws on them and they'll discover that their energy cost will go thogh the roof.

2:03 PM  
Blogger Adeodatus49 said...

among other things, a lot of cheap, barely tapped energy resources.

Which the Chinese can barely tap due to the lack of infrastructure. The natural resources are in remote areas of China that are not accessible easily.

Trade involves two-way vulnerabilities. If so much of the Chinese market involves American consumers, then screwing the Americans will end up screwing the Chinese. It is a real complex issue.

China's power projection overseas will run into another adversary besides the U.S. and that is India. India has a fairly powerful Navy whose goal eventually is to assert hegemony over So. Asia ocean areas. It is also not unlikely that Japan may re-arm due to a perceived Chinese threat. Recall that Japan put together a fairly powerful Navy during WWII. They are even more capable of doing that now.

And don't count Russia out. The Chinese and Japanese have their eyes on resources-rich Siberia. Russia has a big challenging defending her territory about 11 time zones from Moscow, but she will try. Russia has the economic capability to re-build its Navy, if only to protect its Pacific coast.

If the U.S. is smart (which we aren't), it can play the above parties off each other to prevent any one party--mostly China, but perhaps also Japan--from getting too uppity.

What we have to do is to get the heck off Mid-Eastern oil. China needs the very same oil and the competition will raise oil prices through the roof. We have to get used to occasional environmental accidents and tap our off-shore and more of our Alaskan north slope oil reserves.

3:44 PM  
Blogger Carlos Echevarria said...

@Scotju,

I found your site via The Catholic Knight blog and I added you to my blogroll.

Best Regards, :)

3:40 AM  
Blogger Marty said...

Most Americans are more worried about buying cheap Chinese crap at WalMart then realizing their dollars are helping build those Chicom subs.

7:52 AM  
Blogger Lola said...

One more reason I don't buy "Cheap Chinese Crap" at Wally World.

If it says Made in China, I almost always put it back on the Shelf. You'd be shocked how much money I save.


When I do have to buy Chinese made stuff, I try to remember to pray for the Chinese Christians.

I'm thinkin' Ghandi was onto somethin' with his'homespun' movement.

7:22 PM  

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