How the U.S. Could Lose a War With China

The Atlantic – It’s not that the Chinese Communist Party would take over Washington. But in its own region, China has the advantage.

PACOM: China Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile Tests a Signal to US, World

Washington Free Beacon – China recently conducted the first test of a new anti-ship ballistic missile, firing a salvo of six missiles into the South China Sea in a threatening message to the United States, the commander of the Indo-Pacific Command said Thursday.

The One-Eyed Man is King

USNI Blog – America’s Navy, You live in the land of the blind, comforted in the darkness by your weaponry, your history, and your hubris. You believe you understand the threat and that all your competitors in this new Great Power contest are enveloped in the same blinding fog of future war. But we are not equal: you are at a disadvantage in this game—you are beholden to a past age and must predict and anticipate changes as they proliferate and develop across a world system toeing the edge of collapse, as we rise on its demise.

China Likely Tested Missiles That Can Kill Aircraft Carriers in the South China Sea

National Interest – What does that mean for Asia? America’s allies? How can Washington push back?

China’s Reported Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile Test In The South China Sea Is A Big Deal

War Zone – The test fits within a larger trend of increasingly provocative Chinese efforts to assert their authority in the disputed region.

S. China Sea Missile Test Violated Xi Militarization Pledge

Washington Free Beacon – Carrier-killing anti-ship ballistic missile fired from disputed Spratly Islands.

China Confirms Submarine-Launched Missile Test

Washington Free Beacon – China’s Defense Ministry this week confirmed the test firing of a new submarine-launched ballistic missile the Pentagon regards as a strategic weapon capable of striking anywhere in the United States from underwater launch points.

China Tests New Sub-Launched Strategic Missile

Washington Free Beacon – China conducted a flight test of its newest strategic submarine-launched missile, the JL-3, coinciding with the visit to Asia earlier this month by Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan.

How US Allies Can Keep An Electronic Eye On China

Breaking Defense – As it seeks to contain a rising China, America’s great advantage is its larger network of Asian friends and allies. Not all of these nations have the combat power to deter Chinese aggression, let alone fight alongside the US in the nightmare scenario of war. But even our smaller allies can play a vital role as what President Kennedy called “watchmen on the walls of world freedom” by using radar, drones and long-range networks to monitor Chinese moves.

The Ultimate Way to Deter China: Why Island-Chain Defense Can Work

National Interest – Message to Beijing: you can try to deny U.S. and allied forces access to the Western Pacific or the freedom to move around within the theater, but you will see your access and freedom of movement curtailed if you do. Strewing missiles of various kinds along the island chain while deploying manned and unmanned aircraft and ships of war nearby would seal up the straits through which surface and air traffic must pass to reach the broad Pacific.

The South China Sea Needs a ‘COIN’ Toss

USNI Proceedings – China’s actions in the South China Sea are a “maritime insurgency.” Counterinsurgency is the logical response, and history shows the way.

Chinese Nuclear Armed Submarines in Russian Arctic Ports? It Could Happen

National Interest – What once seemed completely farfetched has now evidently become a topic of semi-serious discussion.

Testing the waters: China’s maritime militia challenges foreign forces at sea

Defense News – China’s so-called maritime militia is believed to be behind a series of laser attacks against an Australian naval helicopter over the South China Sea, soon after a U.S. admiral warned that the paramilitary force could be treated as combatants.

Introducing China’s Other Aircraft Carrier Program

National Interest – The PLA Navy’s very first large helicopter carrier, the Type 075, will further tilt an already starkly lopsided imbalance across the Taiwan Strait.

Andrew Erickson and Ryan Martinson on China and the Maritime Gray Zone

The Diplomat – How China thinks about and acts in the maritime gray zone, and what that means for the region’s future.

Former Navy Intel Officer: Chinese Navy ‘Very Competent,’ Getting Better

USNI News – China’s rise as a naval power goes well beyond its growing number of ships and submarines but the People’s Liberation Army Navy growing capability to operate jointly with the Chinese air force and rocket corps.

Surging Second Sea Force: China’s Maritime Law-Enforcement Forces, Capabilities, and Future in the Gray Zone and Beyond

US Naval War College Review – As China’s sea services continue to expand, the consolidating China Coast Guard (CCG) has taken the lead as one of the premier sea forces in the region—giving China, in essence, a second navy. With 1,275 hulls and counting, the CCG carries out the maritime law-enforcement activities that dominate the South China Sea as the People’s Republic exerts its claims and postures for dominance.

Tracking the Type 002 – China’s third aircraft carrier

ChinaPower – The construction of a third aircraft carrier – the Type 002 – appears to be underway at China’s Jiangnan Shipyard. Commercial satellite imagery collected on April 17, 2019 shows significant new activity since ChinaPower first analyzed the shipyard in late 2018. At the new assembly facility to the southeast of the existing shipyard, there is evidence of a large vessel being assembled and a floodable basin being constructed.

Annual Report to Congress: Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2019

Office of the Secretary of Defense – A report to Congress pursuant to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000, as amended

China completing more ballistic missile subs, with plans for a new version

Defense News – China has launched two more nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines and might fit anti-ship ballistic missiles on a new cruiser class on the verge of entering service, according to a new Pentagon report.

China Can’t Execute Major Amphibious Operations, Direct Assault on Taiwan

USNI News – The Chinese military is reorganizing its land forces, but its moves do not increase its ability to mount a large-scale beach assault across the Taiwan Strait, according to a new Department of Defense report.

China’s ‘Long March’ to a Credible Nuclear Attack Submarine

National Interest – Mao Zedong famously said China would build nuclear submarines even if it took ten thousand years. It has required several decades, but new vitality is evident in this critical program for Beijing’s blue water aspirations.

China’s vast fleet is tipping the balance in the Pacific

Reuters – The Chinese navy, which is growing faster than any other major fleet, now controls the seas off its coast. Once dominant, the United States and its allies sail warily in these waters. A former U.S. naval officer says China’s advances have caught America napping.

China’s latest class of warship makes its public debut

Defense News – The first of a new class of guided missile destroyer from China made an appearance at a naval review to mark the 70th Anniversary of the country’s navy.

Why Does China Suddenly Want Nuclear Icebreakers?

National Interest – Beijing wants to join the race for Arctic resources and trade routes.