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China and Russia: Two Big Threats the U.S. Military Can’t Ignore

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Russia and China are working together to enhance their weapons and partner militarily. What will Joe Biden do about it?

On December 22, 2020, six strategic bombers—four Chinese and two Russian—flew a joint patrol mission over the East China and Japan Seas. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the mission was intended to develop and deepen the comprehensive Russia-China partnership, further increase the level of cooperation between the two militaries, expand their ability for joint action and strengthen strategic stability.

It was the second joint patrol since July 2019, confirming Russian President Vladimir Putin’s statement that “the idea of a future Russia-China military alliance” cannot be ruled out. And this is happening even as the Biden administration considers making deep cuts in the U.S. defense budget.

The threat from China alone is rapidly rising. Its destabilizing actions include encroachment in the South China Sea, imposing an air defense zone in the East China Sea, aggression against the Philippines, coercion of Vietnam, harassment of Japan, border confrontations with India, and increasing pressure on Taiwan. Beijing currently is using non-military means – psychological, diplomatic, propaganda, and informational warfare – against Taiwan, but the regime has long suggested that it could take Taiwan by force if its non-violent ways are unsuccessful.

Questions persist as to whether the U.S. Navy is up to the challenge of doing what’s necessary to protect allies in the Western Pacific.

The Chinese Navy, already the largest in the world, boasts an estimated 350 ships and submarines. These forces are augmented by a shadow fleet of more than 2,000 “sea phantoms,” disguised as fishing boats but equipped with 16-tube rocket launchers and anti-aircraft guns.

Nor is the Chinese Navy lacking in sophistication. Six new classes of destroyers feature more advanced hull designs, propulsion systems sensors, weapons and electronics. China’s ballistic submarine fleet is being improved and expanded as the older Type 092 Xia-class nuclear powered ballistic missiles are replaced with Type 094-Jin-class SSBNs. Four of these newer submarines are already operational and will be equipped with the new, longer-range JL-2 missile with a range of 5,281 miles. China’s DF-21D mobile missile is capable of destroying the decks of a U.S. supercarrier at a distance of up to 1,000 miles.

By 2030, China’s Navy will be twice the size of the U.S. Navy, retired U.S. Navy Captain James Fanell told a House Intelligence Committee hearing recently. “The future size of the People’s Liberation Navy will be about 550 warships and submarines by 2030,” Fanell predicted.  The growth of the Chinese Navy is seen as part of a plan to push the U.S. out of Asia, becoming the world’s predominant power along the way.

A more immediate concern arises in the vicinity of the Spratly islands, the site of China’s most provocative military preparation. Nearly half of the entire world’s maritime traffic steams by the Spratlys on the way to or from the Malacca Strait, making the site a principal choke point of global commerce.

Despite protests by other Asian nations, the United Nations, and the United States, China has proceeded with extensive development of some of these islands. Dredging has provided building material at the cost of natural reefs and the resulting islands now accommodate airfields and military support facilities. The U.S. Navy’s capabilities for handling this and other potential crises are hampered by its reduced sized. We are attempting to perform a 306-ship mission with 260 ships.

Seeking future dominance through high-tech weaponry, China is developing an array of advanced weapons such maneuverable missile warheads, hypersonic weapons, laser beam weapons, various counter-space weapons and artificial-intelligence-directed robots. These weapons could knock out U.S. satellites, shutting down the Global Positioning System network (GPS) and our most critical intelligence and communications systems. As a result of this threat, the United States Naval Academy has revived a course in celestial navigation.

Another threat comes from the WU-14, a hypersonic glide vehicle which, from 60 miles above the earth, could release a precision guided missile achieving hypersonic speeds (Mach 20, 15,000 mph.) and against which we have no present defense. An Electromagnetic Pulse Attack (EMP) would fry the nation’s electronics, devastating power, transportation, communications, medical, and financial networks, as well as leaving the U.S. military unable to retaliate. Other Chinese smart-weapon programs include robotic, self-thinking cruise missiles, autonomous vehicles, unmanned submarines and swarms of drones. China is committed to developing artificial intelligence (AI), the key to future warfare. It is already the second-largest R&D spender and has set a goal of achieving AI dominance by 2030. If China makes a breakthrough in crucial AI technology, it will result in a major shift in the strategic balance.

China is also engaged in a campaign of information theft, using cyber attacks against the United States to steal military research and industrial secrets.  Chinese government hackers stole massive amounts of highly sensitive data related to undersea warfare from our strategically important Naval Underwater Facility in Newport, Rhode Island.

China continues to engage in both nuclear offensive and defensive programs. It is building a new ICBM, the DF-41, which may potentially mount multiple, independently targetable reentry vehicles (MIRVs). China also continues to construct underground nuclear bomb shelters for its civilian and military personnel capable of protecting millions of its citizens in the event of a nuclear war.

China is also using a “debt trap” strategy to potentially gain access for its military around the world. For example, it will loan a small country a large sum of money to help build a port, then exact tough terms of repayment. When the country cannot make the payments, China takes control of the port. This recently played out in Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Russia has taught China some unsettling lessons – unsettling for us. When the U.S./EU coalition caved in on Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and put up with Putin’s military support for the separatists in Ukraine’s eastern provinces, it exposed the coalition as less than robust and reliable.

It used to be fashionable to say that Russia is nothing more than a gas station with nukes. The dismissal of Russia as a “nuclear-armed filling station” is far out of date and dangerously misleading. Along with its vast oil and gas exports and control of pipelines, in particular a natural gas line to Germany, Russia has transformed the decrepit ex-Soviet military into what experts describe as an “agile, professionalized fighting force.”

Russian speaking “volunteers” seized the Crimean Peninsula and a quick mobilization by both air and sea saved Bashar al Assad’s collapsing Syrian regime. Russian-backed separatists have often been able to inflict devastating losses on Ukrainian forces. Russia remains an acute and formidable threat to the U.S. and our interests in Europe. From the Arctic to the Baltics, Ukraine, the South Caucasus, and increasingly the Mediterranean Sea, Russia continues to foment instability in Europe.

Overall, Russia has developed advanced weapons systems and nuclear capabilities and remains the foremost threat to European security. Its aggressive stance in several theaters, including the Balkans, Georgia, Syria, and Ukraine, continues both to encourage destabilization and threaten U.S. interests.

Among the key weapons in Russia’s inventory are 313 intercontinental ballistic missiles, 2,780 main battle tanks, more than 5,140 armored infantry fighting vehicles, more than 6,100 armored personnel carriers, and more than 4,328 pieces of artillery. The Russian Navy has one aircraft carrier, 62 submarines, including 13 ballistic missile submarines, five cruisers, 15 destroyers, 13 frigates: and 100 military patrol and coastal combatants. The Russian Air Force has 1,176 combat-capable aircraft.

Reinvigorating submarine construction has been one of the visible accomplishments of the Russian Navy’s modernization program for 2011–2020. On April 24, 2019, Russia unveiled one of its nuclear super weapons, the first submarine capable of firing high-speed underwater drones armed with massive nuclear weapons. The first Project 09852 submarine, described as a nuclear-powered Belgorod, was launched from Sevmash shipyard in northern Russia. U.S. defense officials claim the drones, called Kanyons, can blow up entire ports and cities, such as Groton, Conn., Kings Bay, Ga., and Puget Sound, Wash., where U.S. nuclear missile submarines are based. The U.S. Navy has no unmanned underwater vehicles like the Kanyon.

Russia is expected to produce a fifth-generation nuclear-powered submarine by 2030 and arm it with Zircon hypersonic missiles, which have a reported speed of from Mach 5 (3,806 mph) to Mach 6 (4,567 mph) amd a range of 620 miles. The first ship in the Yasen class, Severodvinsk, is approximately 393 feet long and displaces 11,800 tons submerged. An OK-650KPM pressurized water nuclear reactor provides 200 megawatts of power, driving her to speeds of up to 31 knots submerged. An Irtysh-Amfora sonar system provides all-around sonar coverage. The Severodvinsk’s combat systems are formidable with 10 533-millimeter torpedo tubes armed with UGST-M heavyweight guided torpedoes. The launching of the Russian Yasen-class nuclear attack submarine Kazan on March 31, 2017, initiated a new but disturbingly familiar phase in the U.S.-Russian contest for naval superiority in the North Atlantic.

Russia’s 27 nuclear-powered multi-purpose fast-attack submarines now in service compares with 60 similar submarines in the U.S. Navy. The Russians plan to add six more Yasen-class boats. Should a conflict erupt with NATO, the Russian Navy will try to: secure a favorable operational regime in such critical waters as the Barents, Norwegian, Baltic and Black Seas; ensure access through chokepoints such as the Greenland-Iceland-gap; conduct strikes against opposing cruise missile-armed ships and submarines and carrier strike groups; target U.S. reinforcements transiting the Atlantic; and ensure the security of the vital ballistic missile-armed submarines.

Meanwhile, Russia and China officially support space arms control even as they both view space as a war-fighting domain. They both pursue counter-space systems to neutralize or deny U.S. space-based services—military as well as commercial. China and Russia have developed space warfare capability including three types of ground-launched anti-satellite missiles, anti-satellite lasers and maneuvering satellites.

On Oct. 6, 2020, former Secretary of Defense Mark Esper rolled out a new 25-year road map with a goal of 355 manned ships and half as many unmanned surface and subsurface ships. His plan calls for fewer large carriers and more submarines in a Navy of 500 ships or more. He also increased the Virginia attack submarine force from 70 to 80 boats. With unlimited range, attack submarines can prowl the globe, shadowing Russian and Chinese ICBM submarines or delivering devastating missile barrages. They covertly collect intelligence that cannot be obtained in any other way. Six years ago, General Dynamics was awarded a $17.8 billion contract to build 10 Virginia-class submarines to replace the Los Angeles class, which has been in service since 1976. Esper proposed to increase the production of Virginia class submarines to three a year, up from the current two.

The U.S. Navy is also committed to building 12 Columbia-class nuclear ballistic submarines to replace the Ohio-class submarines. The sole mission of the Columbia class is strategic nuclear deterrence, for which it carries long-range submarine-launched ballistic missiles. They provide the most survivable leg of America’s strategic nuclear deterrence, with 70 percent of the nation’s accountable nuclear warheads, and constitute its only assured second-strike capability. Our greatest danger lies between now and 2031 when the first of the Columbia-class submarines will be deployed. That’s a long period of terrifying vulnerability. Nothing should be done to slow the development and deployment of the Columbia or Virginia class, and we should support any opportunities to speed it up.

The best way to prepare for war is to be prepared to win it. We need to stop underfunding the military, especially in such key areas of research as non-conventional war, space, cyberwar and artificial intelligence. War is changing, and we need to change with it. We cannot expect success fighting tomorrow’s conflicts with yesterday’s weapons.

Former Secretary of the Navy J. William Middendorf’s new book, The Great Nightfall: How We Win the New Cold War, ( warns of the threats we face, particularly from China.

16 Comments on "China and Russia: Two Big Threats the U.S. Military Can’t Ignore"

  1. Dooma on Tue, 2nd Feb 2021 10:41 pm 

    America: A (proven) threat that much of the world has experienced.

  2. Biden's hairplug on Wed, 3rd Feb 2021 12:42 am 

    How dare China fly patrols over the East China Sea without permission from Washington?! Revenge!

    “It was the second joint patrol since July 2019, confirming Russian President Vladimir Putin’s statement that “the idea of a future Russia-China military alliance” cannot be ruled out.”

    Since 2000 has Putin politely asked to be let into the European world, on its terms, not those of US neocohns. Russia doesn’t want to be driven into Chinese arms, but Washington doesn’t let them any choice. And that attempted color coded revolution with this Navalny chap, doesn’t help much either. But Russia has still 2 more cards: Nord Stream 2 and Sputnik vaccine. And a Europe that is quietly signaling that after 4 years of Trump, the old BAU won’t be restored, meaning that if the US seeks war with Chin and Russia, it should do so alone.

    Seriously, this Middendorf warmonger with Dutch roots is 97 (!) and apparently hasn’t picked up any wisdom during his long life:

    This guy is more proof that the endgame of the US empire will be a “soccer match” between Eurasia and Anglosphere. a.k.a. WW3.

    On the other side of Eurasia are the Brits busy with making themselves impossible in Europe and as such prepare themselves for said match, lining up on the losing side.

    And inside the US, the white middle class or what’s left of it, is quietly distancing itself from the globalist policies of the globalist over class. The cards of the US don’t look too good. And we all remember Vietnam, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Lebanon. Expect serious secession attempts if a real war breaks out, somewhere, SCS, Gulf, Ukraine, wherever.

    And then there is brave Scotland, that takes an example of the Irish, who managed to escape from the grip of London, 100 years ago, after fighting a war of 2 years. Now Ireland is one of the richest countries in Europe, thanks to the EU. It is absolutely possible that the Scots will have to fight for their independence as well. It will be interesting to see how many freelancers from Europe will fight at the side of the Scottish wannabee Europeans. The beauty of an independent Scotland is that it would provide easy access to the British Isles for Euro-Siberian troops, to enter the island and thoroughly clean up London.

    The US empire rose in two world wars, it will go under in a third one. Leave it to Jan Middendorf.

  3. Biden's hairplug on Wed, 3rd Feb 2021 1:22 am 

    Trump maybe gone, but Brexit is final and that’s the good news (for Europe). How it changed Britain:

    “Love the Union Jack, respect British veterans and dress smartly: Labour’s secret battle plan for wannabe MPs to retake the Red Wall is leaked”

    Even Labour is moving away from Jeremy Corbyn’s shabby socialism and is rallying around the flag to embrace “Global Britain” rather than membership of the white biosphere. The Brexiteers won, so we in Europe finally got rid of the English, an event that can be exploited to the hilt by generating as much EU-UK hostility as possible in the run-up to WW3, in order to wreck the empire, together with Russians and Chinese, in a similar fashion as Anglos and Soviets intentionally wrecked Europe in WW2. Not in a formal alliance, but as the result of a nod in a shady backroom…

    …which in the case of WW3 will result in a Churchillian percentage agreement between China and Europe:

    – China gets Taiwan, Down Under, Ps.
    – Europe gets Scotland, reunited Ireland, Wales and white parts of a Balkanized North-America

    It remains to be seen if we can keep the Chinese from entering North-America, probably not.

    Now all is waiting for the inevitable moment the US is going to be challenged, somewhere.

    Meanwhile, the US foreign policy jew Blinken is restoring BAU in the US:

    (the war against US whites goes on relentlessly, the very same whites who are supposed to do uncle Schmull’s dirty work in Asia, something doesn’t add up here)

    “Blinken: Iran could be weeks away from enough nuclear material for bomb”

    Aha, the “Saddam is weeks away from weppuns of mass destruction”-routine or “Syria is using chemical weppuns against its own population, boohoo”.

    Can’t have that, now can we, Tony?

  4. Theedrich on Wed, 3rd Feb 2021 3:31 am 

    America, the world’s trash dump, prefers death. The moneyed criminals who have run the U.S. for centuries could not care less about survival of the only race that made their existence possible.  The frenzy of executive orders gushing out from The Big Guy’s desk are accelerating the developing collapse.  An Alzheimer’s patient cannot be expected to know what he is doing, so the invisible creatures manipulating him are having a field day in their attack on the White race.  Any “mistakes” can easily be blamed on Trump’s legacy or a virus which will never end.

    Vast numbers of jobs have already been terminated with the excuse that the cadaver-in-chief is going to magically replace them with “good-paying Union jobs” at some unspecified time in the future.  Of course, he does have a money-printing press.  And he is assisted not only by diseased media but by a corrupt, Sörös-bought nationwide army of district attorneys who are releasing criminals from justice.  Plus, the U.S. has proven itself quite adept at stealthily generating “color revolutions” around the world, as it is now attempting in Russia.  So there is little doubt that, with this kind of expertise, the Democrat slime will secure permanent political power, given the increasing overburden of low-information voters (large numbers of whom have little to no English comprehension) swelling the country’s voter roles.

    Due to the internal rot, it is only a matter of time before nations with serious willpower consign the “indispensable nation” to the septic tank of history.

    Yankeedom can no longer stop evolution.

  5. makati1 on Wed, 3rd Feb 2021 3:44 pm 

    A war with China and Russia would be over in less than 24 hours and there would be no Amerika, just radioactive craters where cities had been if the US tries to use a first nuclear strike.

    GAWD, how arrogant Amerikans are. I hope to see them taken down in the next few years financially, economically and militarily. Not nukes, but enough to send their wimpy military home with their tales between their legs. Pirates all!

  6. makati1 on Wed, 3rd Feb 2021 3:49 pm 

    BTW: It took me a few minutes to stop laughing at this comment from Midden’s book: “… We need to stop under funding the military,…”

    Does he know his name, Midden…, means ‘a dunghill or refuse heap’? Does …dorf mean the same as dork? A plug for his worthless book, not worth reading. Another government whore.

  7. Biden's hairplug on Wed, 3rd Feb 2021 3:54 pm 

    A war with China and Russia would be over in less than 24 hours and there would be no Amerika, just radioactive craters where cities had been if the US tries to use a first nuclear strike.

    Absurd, China, Russia and the US can all destroy each other, regardless who strikes first.

    Nukes will NOT be used, because if you do, you and your opponent lose both, all to the benefit of the rest of the world. One or two nukes on cities and the country becomes ungovernable, because of the biblical scenes that will result from such an attack: all big cities dwellers will attempt to flee from their death traps. Nothing would work anymore, total anarchy.

    Nukes could be used on the battlefield or at sea, but that’s it. A war would absolutely not be over in 24 hours. It would be a drawn-out affair, with relatively little battlefield action, but mostly economic warfare, sea blockades, financial measures, pin-point strikes at infrastructure and energy. It would probably end in some form of stalemate, with no winners and losers.

  8. Biden's hairplug on Wed, 3rd Feb 2021 3:56 pm 

    “Midden…, means ‘a dunghill or refuse heap’? Does …dorf mean the same as dork?”

    “Middendorf” is Dutch-German and means “in the middle of the village”.

    He is the village idiot.

  9. makati1 on Wed, 3rd Feb 2021 4:58 pm 

    Biden’s, maybe they can and maybe they cannot. You assume that the antique missiles Amerika claims to have, actually work? I don’t. After all, none of their current antimissile systems seem to be more than 30-40% accurate at best, and slow.

    With China and Russia’s hypersonic missiles that can travel multiple speeds of the US’ missiles in an hour, Washington DC is less than half an hour from Russia and maybe an hour from China. The US carrier fleets are a lot closer to both, maybe minutes.

    Only idiot Amerikans would start a nuclear war, but then, look at who has the red button today in Amerika. A senile, Alzheimer’s, zombie who should have been put in a home for the mentally aged, not the White House.

    I doubt there will be a nuclear exchange, but stranger things have happened in Amerika. Think: Dr. Ant Fucker, government whore extraordinaire who probably never practiced medicine a day in his life, but is an “expert” on everything.

    Pass the popcorn, the sideshow called “Amerika” is getting even more weird.

  10. Biden’s hairplug on Wed, 3rd Feb 2021 11:06 pm 

    Pentagon analist and soxiologist Jack Goldstone: another CW2 prophet

    “Es fehlt nur ein Funke – und boom“

    (All it takes is one spark… and boom)

    He predicted the coming unrest for 10 years.

    Probably from the Tribe.

  11. Michael Rynn on Fri, 5th Feb 2021 4:34 am 

    USA is reported as having 3,800 nuclear warheads in a useable state. That is planetary over-kill, as if earth’s biodiversity is the enemy. It seems so, because we are killing every non-domesticatable species off at an accelerating rate. We are going to finish ourselves off amyway the climate greenhouse bomb, to end up destroying every possible ecosystem. Current rate of average land warming, where we live, is 0.25 degrees C per decade. So I reckon it will be around average 2 deg C land warming by 2040. Game over xxxxxxxx by 2050. One x for each billion people.

  12. Michael Rynn on Fri, 5th Feb 2021 4:43 am 

    No one will attack the USA. Too dangerous. Too many crazy, deluded, armed and deadly, poisonous stupid white people live there. There will be no need.

    The global greenhouse climate bomb will take care of the USA. The drain on their economy from “policing” the world will make mitigation and adaptation impossible.

    Unfortunate that so many former western colonial nations in the equatorial regions will also suffer from the western fossil-fools created climate catastrophe.

  13. Biden's hairplug on Fri, 5th Feb 2021 8:00 am 

    “No one will attack the USA. Too dangerous. Too many crazy, deluded, armed and deadly, poisonous stupid white people live there. There will be no need.”

    Of course not, UNLESS the Eurasian 5th column within the US gets activated, namely 75 million disillusioned Trump-voters. They could be triggered after major hostilities in the SCS.

    First Germany, and its trade deal with China, against the wish of Washington, now France:

    “Macron: EU shouldn’t gang up on China with US”

    And then there is EU-UK, were stuff is brewing from which tragedies are being made:

    “The vaccine rows are just the first of many spats between the EU and the UK”

    That’s an understatement. The logic of the situation dictates that the EU can’t afford to see the UK thrive after Brexit. The Barnier-deal in place will ensure just that. This will encourage secession, first of all Scotland, soon to be followed by Ulster and perhaps even Wales and London. It is unlikely that the UK will allow its own dismemberment without a fight and this could turn really vicious.

    “Republicans refuse to purge their party of lies and hateful rhetoric”

    Reps refuse to do as they are told by Dems and CNN.

    “US sends warship past Chinese-controlled South China Sea islands in Biden administration first”

    US looking for trouble in the SCS. They are going to get it.

    All this behavior could be explained by quiet agreements between the EU and China, perhaps with Russia included.

    What is certain is that after 4 years of Trump, a return to pre-2016 imperial BAU, with the EU taking orders from Washington, is not going to happen.

    Difficult to see how this could NOT end up with a conflict between Eurasia and Anglosphere.


    – Major conflicts in SCS and Europe
    – UK refuses to control UK-Ulster border on behalf of EU, hard border implemented Ireland-Ulster. Revival IRA
    – US escalates in SCS and mobilizes
    – US vessels sunk in SCS
    – Secession attempts in the US by those who refuse to fight for ZOG in SCS
    – CW2 breaks out
    – China and EU see their chance to gain influence in North-America and start throwing oil on the fire by supporting opposite sides, first with weapons, later by freelancers and regular troops

  14. REAL GREEN on Fri, 5th Feb 2021 12:23 pm 

    I demand the uS navy immediately withdraw from, and cease its provocative patrols and aggressive sabre rattling from the following locations:

    The west coast (fuck hollywood)
    The east coast (fuck hymie town)
    The Middle East

    And the rest of planet Earth too.

    Fuck Amerika. I have finally seen the light. Thanks to mak, and epecially all the Canadians that finally helped me to realize what a complete dumbass I have been all these years.

    Remember Jesus Saves.

    And he the saves the jews too, so good news for you too cloggo

  15. The Question Everyone is Asking on Fri, 5th Feb 2021 5:00 pm 


    PLEASEeeee eat shit and die already!!!

  16. Biden's hairplug on Sun, 7th Feb 2021 10:10 am 

    Donald Trump entered the White House in 2016 on a ticket to “drain the Swamp”. He failed, the Swamp eventually drained him and likes to think that the Deep State… err… America is back.

    Now Donald Trump has a second chance to drain the Swamp, which could be effective this time around… namely FROM THE OUTSIDE.

    Trump may have hijacked the Reps party in 2016, in reality the majority of the Reps decided to “sit DJT out” and the majority would love to go back to political BAU.

    Draining the Swamp wasn’t possible because vested interest were too powerful, certainly in the Dems, but to a lesser extent in the Reps as well.


    Destroy the Reps and hence the 2-party system of more than a century.

    How? Establish a new party, with Trump as Godfather:

    64% of Reps and 15% of the Dems voters could go along with that.

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