China’s IT War with Taiwan, Japan, Philippines


Taiwan's AN/FPS-115 super radar

Taiwan’s AN/FPS-115 super radar

In our era, modern war is first of all IT war. That was why US helped Taiwan deploy a super radar and China countered by deploying a large phased array radar in its coastal province Fujian.

Space war will be the war of our space era. China is developing integrated space and air capabilities for both attack and defense but the US remains infatuated with its experience in Air-Sea Battle. If the US fails to develop space capabilities rival to China’s, it will fail in future war when China has obtained the capabilities in spite of its economic and technological superiority.

Media outside China have quite a few reports on Taiwan’s installation of a $1.38 billion AN/FPS-115 super radar to monitor the air activities in China. The radar has been in operation for a year.

The radar is so powerful that it covers an area with a radius of 5,000 km and can track an object the size of a golf ball up to 3,000 km.

To counter that, according to Jane’s Defense Weekly’s report on June 4, China has established a large phased array radar at Huian County, Fujian Province along Chinese coast opposite Taiwan about 240 km from Taiwan’s super radar. It can monitor vast South China Sea and the marine traffics in the south in addition to the entire Taiwan area.

According to the report, Like Taiwan’s radar, China’s radar is built on top of a small hill. It is capable of interference with Taiwan’s super radar by generating radar pulse signals that match Taiwan Radar’s. Taiwan has to make complicated changes in its radar’s signals but China can make corresponding changes as it is closely monitoring Taiwan radar’s signals.

The report says an informed Taiwan source told Jane’s that China had indeed interfered with Taiwan’s super radar.

According to a US source, in order to avoid radar interference, US navy must deploy a large Aegis radar in its battle group.

The report says that China had two large phased array radars in its eastern part before the establishment of the one in Huian. It believes that the two are used for early ballistic missile warning and ASAT tracking.

As Mainland China has already had lots of powerful radar that cover Taiwan area, the new one seems redundant. However, as the new radar covers an area much larger than Taiwan area, it is believed that the real purpose is to monitor that larger area covering Japan, South China Sea and even the Philippines.

The IT war has already begun and by reclamation on a reef in the middle of the South China Sea and installation of a super radar on the reef, the IT war will intensify.

If China has built a large naval and air base on the reef, China will be able to control the South China Sea in an Air-sea Battle if unfortunately the Philippines started a war with China and the US joins it. The possibility is small, but China has been making preparations for that.

I said in my previous posts and my book “China’s Winning Strategy” soon to be released that China would not fight a war with Japan for the Diaoyus (known as Senkakus in Japan) as the interest involved is not big. For the fishing resources, Chinese fishing boats are fishing in the disputed waters while for oil resources, China has been carrying out operation there. Japan has not taken any action to stop those activities in spite of its hardline stance. What will China get in a war with Japan? Quite little.

However, China is bound to fight a war for the area within its nine-dash line involves huge interests. It is its ancestors’ precious legacy it cannot lose. Losing it may mean the end of CCP (Chinese Communist Party)’s rule.

Source: huanqiu.com “Jane’s: Fujian large radar can interfere with Taiwan’s and monitor Japan and the Philippines” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)

Related posts:

  • East, South China Seas Disputes Concern Chinese Communist Party’s Survival dated June 6, 2014
  • US Losing to China due to Failure to Adopt the Strategy of Our Times dated yesterday
  • US Renders Critical Help Again to China’s Reformists dated June 2, 2014
  • China’s Offensives in South China Sea: Coordinated with Russia’s in Ukraine? dated May 21, 2014
  • Arms Race between China and America March 3, 2012
  • A NEW ERA OF ENMITY BETWEEN CHINA AND AMERICA dated February 7, 2012

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