China’s military buildup in the Pacific could require a U.S. response

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February 2016WASHINGTON Navy and Marine Corps leaders warned Friday that China’s rapid military buildup in the Pacific Ocean could force the United States to move ships and forces in response. Friday’s comments from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller followed a week of warnings by Adm. Harry Harris to Congress that the pace of China’s militarization on a string of man-made islands in the South China Sea is changing operations in the Pacific. During his testimony this week on Capitol Hill, Harris, commander of the Pacific Command, cautioned China has swiftly moved jets, missiles, bombers and radars onto many of the man-made islands that it built during the last year. China developed the islands by building on top of submerged coral reefs and other underwater land features in the South China Sea.
“These are actions that are changing, in my opinion, the operational landscape in the South China Sea,” Harris told lawmakers. The weapons that China is placing on those islands could require the United States to reconsider its own presence in the region, Richardson and Neller said Friday at an event hosted by the Brookings Institution, public policy research group in Washington, D.C. The Navy already wants to have 60 percent of its planned fleet of 308 US warships committed to the Pacific by 2020. For example, Richardson said China’s advances might require the United States to reassess its attack submarine fleet. The Navy has said for years that 48 attack submarines is what it needs to carry out its mission. But Richardson said Friday that might not be enough.
“That number is really based on analysis from 2006,” he said. With China’s recent developments, “that’s becoming a more urgent situation.” China has completed three 10,000-foot runways and dispatched advanced attack aircraft and bomber aircraft to the islands. In recent weeks, it has also installed advanced surface-to-surface missiles and radar systems that could make US aircraft carriers more vulnerable. “The DF-21 [anti-ship ballistic missile], which they have developed, and the DF-26 [intermediate range ballistic missile], which they’re developing, could pose a threat to our carriers,” Harris told the Senate Armed Services Committee this week. “I think, though, that our carriers are resilient and we have the capability to do what has to be done if it comes to that.” Neller said China’s movements have the Marines also rethinking its posture in the Pacific.
“The survivability … because of the missiles, when we did the lay down and the plan, the capabilities that our potential adversaries had didn’t exist,” he said. “So do we need to take a look at how we are going to harden ourselves, or where we are going to position ourselves?” On Thursday, Harris said the recent developments on the man-made islands would not stop the Navy from deploying an aircraft carrier to the South China Sea. “Short of war, I’m aware of the threat. I’ll pay attention to the threat,” he said. “But that is not going to prevent us from flying, sailing or operating wherever international law allows.” –Military
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4 Responses to China’s military buildup in the Pacific could require a U.S. response

  1. Dennis E. says:

    Will require a response.
    China smells a weakness.
    China sees an opportunity.
    Plus how many billions in US Treasury Bonds they are holding?
    How many of our businesses do they own?
    Would not be a surprise if they reached out and touched one of our carriers.
    They reportedly have the capability.

  2. Joseph Sonny Skies says:

    We sold out our country by making a deal with China and letting U.S. industry go to China. We have been paying for these Chinese weapons with U.S. dollars and no dollars coming back to us as we start wars all through the mideast. Now we are about to get a return but in fire.. not dollars.

  3. Dennis E. says:

    China is claiming ownership of The South China Sea.
    It is about to make a point that it is serious about that.

    • Joseph Sonny Skies says:

      I agree Dennis E. It has always been ok for the USA imperialism to stretch territories well beyond it’s natural borders yet have another country do it and it suddenly becomes illegal. Our government keeps talking about keeping trade routes open. Well; the only trade routes that are viably active at this time are all FROM China so I do not understand why they would take control just to block shipping routes. Seems like our government is simply trying to LOOK like a hero here and partly by giving China a reason to militarize the area so that it will look like we stopped China aggression in the South China sea.
      The secular Jewish boy that died for 15 minutes on the night of the last lunar eclipse of the tetrad that all happened on Jewish holy days saw this WWIII escalate and said that he saw Obama start it! He mentioned when asked that it would take place in just a matter of months and so since that happened in late September and it is five months later and now the the issue is quickly heating up. I strongly suggest to those interested to look up this boy’s vision on you tube and compare with the prophecy from Dimitri Duduman from the 1980’s.

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