Leadership: China Strikes Back

Archives

October 17, 2011:  Over the last decade, China has built air, cyber and naval forces, and developed new tactics, designed to neutralize American naval and air power in the Western Pacific, and make it more likely that a Chinese invasion of Taiwan would succeed. These new forces also make any Chinese military threats against their neighbors more credible.

After years of discussion and debate, the U.S. Navy, Marines and Air Force developed a new strategy to cope with this new situation in the Pacific. Called Air-Sea Battle, it called for tighter planning and coordination of navy, marine and navy forces, plus the development of some new weapons and tactics. The details, obviously, have been kept secret, but word of the plan got out. China, fearing that the Americans might be up to something that would thwart Chinese plans, unleashed a diplomatic and media counterattack. They persuaded some senior American officials to question the wisdom of pursuing Air-Sea Battle, especially since it would make the Chinese unhappy, and liable to respond with economic sanctions (like buying less stuff from the United States or selling U.S. debt at a sharp discount.) The Chinese also repeated their decades old accusation that new American strategies are usually just efforts by the Military-Industrial Complex to get more money from American taxpayers. So now the generals and admirals are on the defensive, with demands that they explain to Congress and the White House why they are seeking to sour relations between the United States and China.

 

 


Article Archive

Leadership: Current 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 


X

ad
0
20

Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close