While the U. S. is busy dealing with North Korea and itsNuclear weapons development, the dragon in the hiding, China is awaking from along slumber. So now we must see if theUnited States has done its homework and covered our Ends, Means and Ends regardingthreats of China in the 2017 National Security Strategy (NSS). DiplomaticChina’s has a Communist government, officiallyatheist but religious observance is on the rise.
Corruptions is widespread among all levelsof China’s government. A large portionof China’s government is made up of younger family members of the originalfunding members that form the Politburo Standing Committee. This committee hasthe top leaders of the Communist Party of China. Theses members and families of leadershiplive very well that has a large gap from the rest of China’s people.
China’sPresident Xi Jinping’s has been promoting a new policy meant to challenge theU.S. and the rest of the world in areas it considers a core interest. The 2017 NSS does not address the Governmentof China as a specific threats but does address China’s development of weapons,military, Economic strength and private sector of technology.
These elements ofthe U. S. strategy are specific national security interests and all post agreat risk to the U. S.
.. InformationChina holds a great influence onSoutheast Asia and is well on its way to becoming a world economic power.China’s resources, and capabilities – China’s has the world’s largestpopulation of any nation, exceeding “1.3 billion in 2017” (Global Fire Power,2017 China Military Strength, Global Research, 2003-2018, https://www.globalfirepower.
com).The next two largest populations are India at “1.2 Billion” (Global Fire Power,2017 China Military Strength, Global Research, 2003-2018, https://www.globalfirepower.com). China’s growth has been just around 10% perannum and its goods and services are rapidly rising in quality and value.
In comparison the US and Europe have seen “0%growth from 2007-2012″(Global Fire Power, 2017 China Military Strength, GlobalResearch, 2003-2018, https://www.globalfirepower.com). One of China’s powerstrength is the nation’s work force which directly reflects its wartime outputdealing with all manners of military industry – bullets, bombs, uniforms,spares, specialized field equipment, medicine. The 2017 NSS calls for an ends with America “renewing the competitiveadvantage.
“(Trump, D. 2017, 2017 National Security Strategy of the UnitedStates of America, pg 26) MilitaryChina has the largest military at2.2 million (Global Fire Power, 2017 China Military Strength, Global Research,2003-2018, https://www.globalfirepower.
com). The U.S. has the next largestmilitary at “2.3 million” (Global Fire Power, 2017 China Military Strength, GlobalResearch, 2003-2018, https://www.globalfirepower.com).”China also has the second highest number of population that reaches militaryage annually at 22.
9 million.” (Global Fire Power, 2017 China MilitaryStrength, Global Research, 2003-2018, https://www.globalfirepower.com) China has “2,955” aircraft thethird highest in the world and sits around third amongst each type aircraftwhere the U.S. has the most aircraft and most of each type.
(Global Fire Power,2017 China Military Strength, Global Research, 2003-2018, https://www.globalfirepower.com)China has over 6 thousand tanks the second most with the U.S. having under 6thousand falling right behind China. China owns “714 ships” in her Navycompared to the “United States’ “415 ships.” (Global Fire Power, 2017 China MilitaryStrength, Global Research, 2003-2018, https://www.
globalfirepower.com). Chinahas the largest 2nd largest military budget behind the U.S. at “$161 billon.” The 2016 USPACOM Posture Statement stated”Chinese coercion, artificial island construction, and militarization in theSouth China Sea threaten the most fundamental aspect of global prosperity andfreedom of navigation, (RCLF workbook, pg 64). Chinese military strategistshave been watching and tracking possible military threats which has causedconcern and increased” China’s government to allow a 19% annual increase inmilitary spending over the next five years.” , (Green, M, December 18, 2017, Elephants in the Room The NSS and the China Challenge, http://foreignpolicy.
com).China is focused on controlling access and freedom of operations in vastportions of the air and maritime domains, as well as in space and cyberspaceand the advancements in long-range, anti-ship cruise missiles, ballisticmissiles, air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles, and kinetic and non-kineticcounter-space systems. These are specific threats to the U. S.’s nationalsecurity interests.
The 2017 NSS addresses thesedirectly calling by “maintaining a forward military presence capable ofdeterring and, if necessary, defeating any adversary” and working with Japan puttinginto place a layered missile defense systems. (Trump, D. 2017, 2017 NationalSecurity Strategy of the United States of America, pg 47).. EconomicThe 2017 NSS addresses China as being a challenger to the U. S.
‘sinfluence and that China is focused on strengthen their economy and making itless to fair to trade for others. This specific threat is covered in the 2017NSS. One of China’s power strength is the nation’s work force which directlyreflects its wartime output dealing with all manners of military industry -bullets, bombs, uniforms, spares, specialized field equipment, medicine. China labor force is over “800, millionpeople.” Global Fire Power, 2017 ChinaMilitary Strength, Global Research, 2003-2018,https://www.globalfirepower.com).
By1980, China’s government made Hugh economic strategy changes which have ledChina to become a world economic power and world’s” biggest manufacturer andexporter, dominating even the US market, while playing the role of financiallife line as it holds over $1.3 trillion in US Treasury notes.”, (Petras,China: Rise, Fall and Re-Emergence as a Global Power, Global Research, 7 March2012, https://www.globalresearch.ca). The U. S.
strategic policy goalsregarding China’s growing economy Ends is “rethink the policies of the past twodecades”,(Trump, D. 2017, 2017 National Security Strategy of the United Statesof America, pg 3), and that the U.S. must continue to grow our economy. The2017 NSS improve in addressing this concern over the 2015 NSS. Intelligence and Law EnforcementChina’s national security decision-making in not like the U.
S. but knownas largely absent. China’s does not have a strategy capable of protecting itsoverseas economic interests. Through 2004 and 2012 China has made aggressivemoves in nuclear development.
Thecurrent CDRUSPACOM “Admiral Harris, hasnoted that China is carrying out a comprehensive military modernization programwith the purpose of transforming its armed forces into a high-tech militarycapable of conducting complex operations, in order to achieve its dream ofregional. China’s cyber capabilities areorganized by a strategy that calls for the early application of its cyberwarfareunits against an adversary to establish information dominance. Informationdominance refers to: (1) taking and maintaining control of an adversary’saccess to its own information, and (2) disrupting the flow of informationnecessary for decision-making or combat operations.” ,”(RCLF, pg 64), and hasgrowing aspirations of global reach and influence,”(RCLF, pg 64).
These are all specific threats to ournational security interest. A China& Russian alliance would be a major conflict with U.S.objectives/interests. China and Pakistanalliance or relationship has brought the possibilities of China moving a navalbase to Pakistan would provide “a strategic reach into Central Asia, the MiddleEast, and the Indian Ocean basin.
“, (Rosen, A. 9 Feb 2016, ‘China has only one real ally’, http://www.businessinsider.com).
The 2017 NSS identifies these risks the Asiannations region by “improve law enforcement, defense, and intelligencecooperation with Southeast Asian partners” (Trump, D. 2017, 2017 NationalSecurity Strategy of the United States of America, pg 47), and to take onbetter ways to protect ourselves from cyber-attacks. A risk that the 2017 NSSmakes is calling for strong ties withTaiwan. This could create hostilities to China. SummaryThe United States has done its homework regarding threats of China in the2017 National Security Strategy (NSS). The 2017 NSS covered our Ends, Means andEnds development of China weapons advancement and putting into place layeredmissile defense systems.
It also cllas for maintaining military superiorityover our enemies.