Chinese Carrier-Killer Missile Could Reshape Sea Combat
August 06, 2010
The Dong Feng 21A and launcher vehicle are displayed at the Beijing Military Museum. China is reportedly working on developing the world's first antiship ballistic missile based on a similar design.
China is developing an unprecedented new missile that is designed to be launched from land with enough accuracy to penetrate the defenses of even the most advanced moving aircraft carrier from a distance of more than 900 miles, sources say.
Initial reports on the new missile suggest it could reshape conflicts at sea, but U.S. weapons experts say that it's no game-changer, nor a revolutionary threat to America's aircraft carriers, which are the center of U.S. Pacific defense strategy.
"Some have called it a game-changer. I would dispute that claim," said Toshi Yoshihara, an associate professor at the U.S. Naval War College.
When complete, the Dong Feng 21D -- a version of which was displayed last year in a Chinese military parade -- would give China the ability to reach and hit U.S. aircraft carriers well before the U.S. can get close enough to the mainland to hit back.
A nuclear bomb could theoretically sink a carrier, too, assuming its sender was willing to raise the stakes to atomic levels. The conventionally armed DF 21D's uniqueness is its ability to hit a powerfully defended moving target with pinpoint precision.
"The emerging Chinese anti-ship missile capability, and in particular the DF 21D, represents the first post-Cold War capability that is both potentially capable of stopping our naval power projection -- and deliberately designed for that purpose," said Patrick Cronin, senior director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the nonpartisan, Washington-based Center for a New American Security.
Details of the missile are still unknown, and the county has yet to test the system. Yoshihara said China would need to rely on a range of technologies to track boats and guide the warhead to a moving target like a carrier.
"There would be several layers of sensors, including over-the-horizon radar, which would help track surface units. They also have airborne sensors to look out into the Pacific, as well as space-based satellites to track a strike group." Three layers of targets would provide a very accurate snapshot with which to precisely guide a missile.
Posted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 4:30 am Post subject: China targets U.S. Aircraft carriers
China targets U.S. carriers
ZC NOTE: I remember reading a vision some years ago of a US aircraft carrier sunk. It mentioned the KittyHawk, which has been retired.
Obama wants USA destroyed physically. He has already raped the nation economically and spiritually.
The U.S. Navy today deploys 11 Supercarrier battle ships around the globe.
The U.S. Navy keeps the peace on world oceans today because of the unchallenged power of the aircraft carrier.
The modern American nuclear aircraft carrier is fast and maneuverable, with 80 aircraft. Until now carriers have been invincible. Short of a nuclear hit, the American Supercarrier could not be sunk.
The Chinese have built, tested and are on schedule to deploy next year a missile designed to kill an American carrier.
The Chinese Dong Feng 21D could penetrate the carrier's existing anti-missile defenses from 900 miles away with a non-nuclear precision warhead.
This is a game changer, affecting American naval operations within 1,000 miles of the 1,100-mile Chinese coast.
The U.S. and South Korea moved a joint naval training exercise from international waters in the Yellow Sea off the coast of China to the
other side of the Korean peninsula in the Sea of Japan after China objected to the location of the exercise and specifically the presence
of the U.S. aircraft carrier USS George Washington. The original location would have put the carrier within 900 miles of the Chinese coast.
China is developing a new, nasty surprise for the U.S Navy's aircraft carrier battle groups - a super-long-range anti-ship ballistic missile with a range of 1,200 miles.
The U.S. Naval Institute reported on its Web site Tuesday that the new weapon has already been under secret development for years.
It is a modified version of the Dong Feng 21 missile that, in addition to its range, can carry a warhead capable of doing serious, and possibly lethal, damage to an 80,000-ton nuclear-powered U.S. supercarrier.
The Naval Institute report said details of the new anti-ship ballistic missile were first revealed on a Chinese blog that U.S. military analysts regard as a credible source for information about the People's Liberation Army and Navy. The report was translated into English and can be viewed at the naval affairs blog Information Dissemination.
"The range of the modified Dong Feng 21 missile is significant in that it covers the areas that are likely hot zones for future confrontations between U.S. and Chinese surface forces," the Naval Institute noted.
The new missile is difficult to locate and track on radar because of its combination of "a complex guidance system, low radar signature and a maneuverability that makes its flight path unpredictable."
The new missile can fly at speeds of up to Mach 10 - 10 times the speed of sound. That is about 7,500 miles per hour at sea level. It can fly more than 1,200 miles in less than 12 minutes.
The weapon was not developed in isolation. The Naval Institute report said it can be guided on to its giant aircraft carrier targets by a combination of low-Earth-orbit satellites, radar and unmanned aerial vehicles.
U.S. naval analysts believe that the Chinese allowed details of the new ASBM to be published unofficially because the weapon is already operational, the report said. "The Chinese rarely mention weapons projects unless they are well beyond the test stages," it said.
The new Chinese weapon, if it is operational or likely to be so soon, marks a huge advance in naval warfare and heralds a shift in the balance of power at sea that could prove strategic in its scale. It would be, as the Naval Institute report pointed out, "the first time a ballistic missile has been successfully developed to attack vessels at sea. Ships currently have no defense against a ballistic missile attack."
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Seoul says North Korea has seized South Korean fishing boat in waters off the eastern coast.
Daeseung, a South Korean fishing boat missing in the Sea of Japan has been detained by the North.
Tension remains high between the Koreas amid a naval exercise carried out by the South in the Yellow Sea.
The exercises were a show of force after the North was blamed for sinking a Southern warship in March.
Two carriages from a passenger train have been swept into a river in southern China after floods destroyed a bridge, state media says.
The accident happened in Guanghan, in Sichuan province.
A firefighter told Xinhua news agency that the carriages had been swept 200m (220 yards) downstream.
All passengers were said to be safe as emergency workers had evacuated the carriages before the bridge collapsed, state television said.
The long-distance train was travelling from Xi'an to Kunming.
China has been devastated by flooding caused by unusually heavy summer rains in recent weeks.
In Yunnan province, rescuers are still searching for 90 people feared trapped under a mudslide that hit the town of Puladi early on Wednesday.
Chinabanking system shows disturbing, U.S.-style cracks
August 30, 2010
Off-balance-sheet liabilities. Bad mortgage loans. Uncertain growth prospects.
These issues, which nearly toppled the U.S. banking industry and triggered the financial meltdown, are increasingly threatening the stability of Chinese banks.
Last week, a slew of Chinese banks — including Industrial & Commercial Bank of China, Bank of China and Agricultural Bank of China — reported strong profits.
ICBC, the country's largest, earned $12.4 billion in the first six months of the year, above analysts' expectations.
But rather than providing reassurance about banks' health, the positive numbers are fanning fears of what's yet to come.
"I expect housing prices to take a turn later this year, and when they do, then you'll start to see the effect on (Chinese) banks," says Dragon Yongjun Tang, an assistant finance professor at the University of Hong Kong.
"Some of the weaker local banks may need to be restructured."
China's growth has helped lead the global economy out of the recession, but critics worry that if its economy weakens, it could pull the world back in.
In the U.S., weak economic data are already stoking concerns about a double-dip recession.
Last year, China's banks wrote a record $1.4 trillion (9.6 trillion yuan) of new loans as the government sought to stimulate the economy. The government has since clamped down on lending and also ordered banks to move off-balance-sheet liabilities back onto their books, according to analysts and media reports. (Like U.S. banks, Chinese institutions had moved loans off their balance sheets en masse, allowing them to reduce their capital requirements and fund more loans.)
Despite the industry's aggressive growth, some analysts remain optimistic about Chinese banks' prospects, arguing that if the economy continues to grow by double digits, it'll mitigate the impact of poor-performing loans.
So far, the government's tightening hasn't been "draconian," says Wendy Liu, head of China research for the Royal Bank of Scotland, meaning that banks have been able to charge higher loan rates and boost interest income even as lending has slowed.
Investors, however, aren't convinced about the health of the sector. Despite the industry's positive earnings this year, Chinese bank stocks have generally fared poorly.
Jim Antos, a Hong Kong-based analyst for Mizuho Securities Asia, believes it's "sentiment rather than reality driving the share price."
"As far as reality is concerned," he says, "25% year-over-year growth for the Chinese banking sector for the full year should be achieved."
Fears of Chinese land grab as Beijing's billions buy up resources
2 October 2010 Saturday
China is pouring billions into Brazil oil industry, reigniting fears of a global grab of natural resources.
State-owned Sinopec clinched the deal with Spain's Repsol to buy 40% of its Brazilian business, giving China's largest oil company access to Repsol Brasil's reserve oil and gas.
China is willing to pay whatever it takes to lock in its future energy supplies and avoid social unrest.
China has made similar deals across the world in 2010. Chinese companies have laid out billions buying up stakes in Canada's oil sands, a Guinean iron ore mine, oil fields in Angola and Uganda, an Argentinian oil company and a major Australian coal-bed methane gas company.
But, despite the concerns that China is cornering the market and will push up prices, the developed world also has a vested interest in China pursuing a successful strategy.
The House voted 348 to 79 for a bill that would open the way for the U.S. to slap tariffs on Chinese goods.
But the bill faces an uncertain fate in the Sinate and White House. The move risks retaliation, and may not help the economy.
It punishes China for holding down the value of its currency which hurts U.S. companies and workers.
Americans are unhappy with the Obama terminally ill economy, imposing sanctions on Beijing risks retaliation that could add to the U.S. problems.
China dissident Liu Xiaobo gets Nobel Peace Prize
Nobel Peace Prize awarded to China dissident Liu Xiaobo, who is serving an 11-year prison term.
The award is certain to anger Beijing, which had earlier warned against the move.
Mr Liu was the foremost symbol of the wide-ranging struggle for human rights in China.
Apparently, China also has a pension crisis like so MANY other nations.
I missed reporting this last month.
13 September 2010
The country's population is rapidly ageing.
According to official statistics, there are currently 167 million Chinese over 60.
By the year, 2050, that figure is projected to increase to almost 400 million - a quarter of the population.
One of the main reasons for the greying of China's population is the country's population controls, which mean that fewer young people are being born.
That includes the one-child policy, which mostly affects families living in urban areas.
Birthrates are now down by one-third compared with 30 years ago.
And that means fewer young people to look after the country's ageing population.
"We are expecting some kind of crisis in the pension system in next 20 years," says Professor Peng Xizhe, a population expert at Shanghai's Fudan University.
"We don't want a crisis, but we will have to work very hard as time is running out."
In Shanghai one in five of the population has reached retirement age
China's economy may be booming - it is on track to be the world's second-largest this year.
But the country has yet to work out how to pay for its rapidly ageing population.
Pensions are low or non-existent here. There are different provisions for people living in urban areas and those in the countryside.
The Chinese government is currently working to reform the system. But Prof Peng Xizhe believes there is only so much that the government can do.
He says that China will have to create a "multi-pillared" system, in which the government, the family, and other organisations care for the elderly.
Traditionally, the young care for the old in China. click here for more
October 13, 2010
State-owned Chinese energy giant CNOOC is buying a multibillion-dollar stake in 600,000 acres of South Texas oil and gas fields, potentially testing the political waters for further expansion into U.S. energy reserves.
With the announcement Monday that it would pay up to $2.2 billion for a one-third stake in Chesapeake Energy assets,
CNOOC lays claim to a share of properties that eventually could produce up to half a million barrels a day of oil equivalent.
It also might pick up some American know-how about tapping the hard-to-get deposits trapped in dense shale rock formations, analysts said.
As part of the deal, the largest purchase of an interest in U.S. energy assets by a Chinese company,
CNOOC has agreed to pay about $1.1 billion for a chunk of Chesapeake’s assets in the Eagle Ford, a broad oil and gas formation that runs largely from southwest of San Antonio to the Mexican border.
CNOOC also will provide up to $1.1 billion more to cover drilling costs.
The deal represents China’s second try at making a big move into the U.S. oil and gas market, following a failed bid five years ago to buy California-based Unocal Corp.
Intense political opposition over energy security concerns derailed that $18.4 billion deal. But analysts expect few political or regulatory hurdles to the CNOOC-Chesapeake deal.
“The climate is much more hospitable now,” said Juli MacDonald-Wimbush, a partner with Marstel-Day, an energy and environmental security consulting company in Fredericksburg, Va.
Chinese missiles can ravage U.S. bases
Report cites 5 sites in Asia
November 16, 2010 by Bill Gertz, The Washington Times
China's military can destroy five out of six U.S. bases in Asia with waves of missile strikes as the result of its large-scale military buildup that threatens U.S. access and freedom of navigation in East Asia, according to a forthcoming congressional report.
"The main implication of China's improved air and conventional missile capabilities is a dramatic increase in the [People's Liberation Army's] ability to inhibit U.S. military operations in the region," a late draft of the report by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission concludes.
The U.S. government has growing concerns over what the report says are "China's improving capabilities to challenge the U.S. military's freedom of access in East Asia."
The draft report - the final version is set for release Wednesday - has been disclosed as tensions in Asia intensify over growing assertiveness by the Chinese military in the Yellow Sea, the East China Sea and the South China Sea.
Obama, during his recent visit to Asia, frequently mentioned growing U.S. concerns about "maritime security" and the need for stronger alliances against regional threats.
In Japan on Saturday, Prime Minister Naoto Kan thanked Obama for U.S. support during Tokyo's recent dispute with China over Chinese fishing near Japan's Senkaku Islands.
"For the peace and security of the countries in the region, the presence of the United States and the presence of the U.S. military, I believe, is becoming only increasingly important," Mr. Kan said.
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said last month during the Japan-China dispute that the Senkakus are covered by the U.S.-Japanese defense treaty, a signal to China that the U.S. military is prepared to defend the islands from Chinese encroachment.
The United States also could face a Chinese missile strike on its bases and ships in a future conflict with China over Taiwan, according to the China commission report.
In addition to missiles, the Chinese military buildup includes major deployments and upgrades of Chinese jet fighters that have increased ranges and better weapons,
as well as greatly improved air defenses, the report says. click link for more
November 18, 2010
I am concerned about this. The H1N1 was bird-pig flu. Flying pig flu.
The Ukraine and elsewhere saw this mutate int H5N1 which was hemorrhagic and fatal.
A woman in Hong Kong is seriously ill in hospital with bird flu, the first case there since 2003.
She fell ill shortly after returning from a visit to the Chinese mainland.
The last outbreak of the H5N1 bird flu virus in Hong Kong killed six people in 2003.
The woman had visited the mainland with her husband and daughter, and also Shanghai, Hangzhou and Nanjing.
CHINA TELLS AMERICA Turn Around The USS George Washington
China has warned against military activity near its coastline ahead of U.S.-Korea naval exercises, according to Reuters.
China's Foreign Ministry said in an online posting that naval exercises risks starting a war: "We oppose any military act by any party conducted in China's exclusive economic zone without approval."
North Korea has also threatened to respond to military gestures with more attacks: "The situation on the Korean peninsula is inching closer to the brink of war due to the reckless plan of those trigger-happy elements to stage again war exercises targeted against the (North)."
If this sounds familiar, it's because the same thing happened after the Cheonan shipwreck. America sent some warships to join in naval exercises, China was outraged, and America yielded and moved the exercises primarily to a more distant location.
China wants peace. The only problem with Pax China is that it includes little protection for South Korea against the next surprise attack from Pyongyang.
US carrier visit a dilemma for China
America is far too cocky - China may have planned this with North Korea.
I do not forget the missile China shot off 35 miles off Los Angeles California Nov. 8th.
America owes China. An empty suit struts the whitehouse - when its not flying in AF1.
READ this report but be careful how you believe it.
China President Hu Jintao is scheduled to make a state visit to Washington in January.
(Probably surveying his territory. USA is slave of China now.)
November 26, 2010 Friday
The arrival of the USS George Washington aircraft carrier with its battle group in the Yellow Sea poses a dilemma for Beijing.
Should China protest or quietly accept it.
The carrier is to take part in military drills with South Korea following North Korea's shelling of a South Korean island.
4 months ago, China warned Washington against sending a carrier into the Yellow Sea, as it would escalate tensions after the sinking of a South Korean navy ship blamed on North Korea. Others said the carrier deployment is a threat to Chinese security.
After Beijing objections, no aircraft carrier sailed into the strategic Yellow Sea.
Now with outrage high over the shelling, the U.S. is raising pressure on China to rein in North Korea.
North Korea has made it more difficult for China to condemn U.S. naval deployments in the East China Sea.
* China is NOT happy over the exercises. Beijing considers 230 miles (370 kilometers) from its coast as China's exclusive zone.
North Korea warned that the US-South Korean military drills were pushing the peninsula to the brink of war.
A more passive approach this time helps Beijing raise its credibility with Washington and trading partner South Korea, and puts North Korea on notice that its actions are wearing China's patience thin.
China cutting the food and fuel assistance to the isolated North Korean dictatorship might lead to its collapse.
That could send floods of refugees into northeastern China and result in a pro-U.S. government taking over in the North.
South Korea and China are trading partners.
The U.S. is worried about the U.S. Navy's right to operate in international waters.
While China doesn't claim sovereignty over the entire Yellow Sea, it has become assertive about its maritime territorial claims.
China claims ALL of the South China Sea, and has seized foreign fishing boats and harassed U.S. Navy surveillance ships.
Any intrusion into Chinese territorial waters would inflame the Chinese public and require a response.
* Remember MARCH 31, 2001
China Downed our Plane with a crew of 24 in international airspace
The plane was 70 miles from the China coast. China does not accept international guidelines.
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