A Competition of Stupidity between Chinese and US Militaries?Posted: December 29, 2016
Chinese backward aircraft carrier’s recent drill in western Pacific has drawn much interest in the world.
In fact, the carrier has very limited strength power and can by no means contend with US advanced aircraft carriers. Just as National Interest’ quote of its editor’ Dave Majumdar’s 2015 article in its article “China’s Aircraft Carrier: The Ultimate Weapon or Paper Tiger?” points out: “It will take time for the PLAN to get to level of competency where it can have any real shot at going head-to-head with the U.S. Navy in the Western Pacific. Will they eventually get there? Possibly, but it might take decades.”
Still Chinese state-run Global Times editorial “China’s carrier fleet must sail beyond offshore zone” on December 25 has its worrying effect among US military and media. The editorial says, “The Chinese fleet will cruise to the Eastern Pacific sooner or later…” and “The distant sailing of the Chinese aircraft carrier fleet is not aimed at provoking the US nor at reshaping maritime strategic structure. But if the fleet is able to enter areas where the US has core interests, the situation when the US unilaterally imposes pressure on China will change.”
China will be stupid to incur huge costs to develop a navy strong enough to cruise US coast for the mere purpose of making the US unable to impose pressure on China.
In fact, the US is unable to impose pressure on China now. It cannot force China to accept the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s ruling on the South China Sea. China sends air force to conduct combat petrol in the South China Sea to protect its sovereignty and interests there but the US cannot counter that. It can only conduct a few harmless freedom of navigation operations.
Concerning the Taiwan issue, China’s most vital core interest, China has sent its fighter jets and aircraft carrier to cruise around Taiwan to put pressure on Taiwan. The US simply fails to respond.
China has to prevent its trade lifelines from being cut by US navy, but building a navy matching US one is too expensive and takes too much time. A prompt strike air force costs much less and takes much less time to develop.
However, if the editorial can cause the US to spend more in expanding its navy and sink deeper in its mountains of debts, it is a wise strategy. It makes the US have less funds to develop a prompt strike air force to deal with the Chinese one.
National Interest’s article “Get Ready, Russia and China: The U.S. Navy Could Get More Aircraft Carriers” says that US navy plans and will get Congress approval for large-scale expansion. US navy has no rival with its present scale. Neither China nor Russia is able to become strong enough to challenge in with decades. Such expansion proves US military’s stupidity.
We do not know whether Chinese leaders are now competing with US military for stupidity in contending with US navy for hegemony at sea. China do not need a navy as strong as the US to defend its core interests and trade lifelines unless it is so stupid as to want to contend with the US for world hegemony.
If China only wants to defend its core interests and trade lifelines instead of developing a huge navy to contend with the US for world hegemony, it will have much more financial resources for economic growth and improvement of Chinese people’s livelihood.
Will China compete with the US for stupidity in contending for world hegemony? We will wait and see. If there is indeed such a competition for stupidity, we have much more to laugh at than only laughing at US stupidity.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Global Times editorial “China’s carrier fleet must sail beyond offshore zone” at http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1025653.shtml and National Interest’s articles “China’s Aircraft Carrier: The Ultimate Weapon or Paper Tiger?” and “Get Ready, Russia and China: The U.S. Navy Could Get More Aircraft Carriers respectively at http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/chinas-aircraft-carrier-the-ultimate-weapon-or-paper-tiger-18866 and http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/chinas-aircraft-carrier-the-ultimate-weapon-or-paper-tiger-18866.