China is poised to exploit serious weaknesses in US military might, analyst warns

  • China has developed new weapons after being humiliated in previous encounters with the US military, Brandon Weichert, a geopolitical analyst, told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
  • “In 1996, the Chinese looked at what happened, they were deeply humiliated and Beijing said never again, Weichert told TheDCNF.
  • China’s new killer carrier missiles, hypersonic missiles and aircraft carriers threaten US interests around the world, Weichert said.

China intends to deploy new missile systems and a third aircraft carrier to exploit US military weaknesses, a geopolitical analyst told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

China may be able to successfully invade Taiwan because US forces are overstretched and the US Navy has become too dependent on aircraft carriers, US Air Force consultant Brandon Weichert told TheDCNF. Washington may also be unable to stop Beijing from launching hypersonic missiles or building military bases outside the Indo-Pacific, Weichert said.

“I would say the US Navy is probably the weakest or the smallest since the interwar period in terms of what it can do if pushed into multiple conflict areas,” Weichert said. “Our navy now has to sort out and choose what to focus on over other important regions.”

Weichert, the author of “Winning Space: How America Remains A Superpower,” cited the halt in U.S. sales of Howitzers in Taiwan in favor of arming Ukraine in May, as proof that Washington is already incapable of meeting global security demands.

“The Pentagon is seeing these critical systems being depleted faster than they can be replaced by our struggling manufacturing base,” Weichert said. “We’re going to have to start figuring out very soon where we’re going to cut in order to refocus on China.”

Weichert said Washington may also be unable to protect Taiwan because the US Navy became too dependent on aircraft carriers following the 1996 war. Third Taiwan Strait Crisis.

“[U.S. military] the strategic doctrine is what it was when Bill Clinton was president during the Taiwan Strait crisis: If things go well, we’re just going to deploy an aircraft carrier to run the Taiwan Strait,” Weichert said. “In 1996 China couldn’t do anything about it, but in 1996 the Chinese looked at what happened, they were deeply humiliated and Beijing said never again.”

The Third Taiwan Strait Crisis began after Taiwan’s former president, Lee Tenghuidelivered a speech at Cornell University in June 1995. In response, the People’s Liberation Army launched missiles into the waters around Taiwan, and only Clinton Administration sailed the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier across the Taiwan Strait in March 1996 which Beijing eventually surrendered.

Since then, China has reportedly developed “a robust suite of denial of anti-access zone“systems designed to keep U.S. aircraft carriers at bay, Weichert said. One such weapon system is the “killer transporter” anti-ship ballistic missile.

“I believe the Dongfeng-21D carrier killer missile is real,” Weichert said. “The Navy is extremely concerned about [carrier killer missiles] because there is no countermeasure. The Dongfeng-21D could hit targets around 900 miles away, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies. (RELATED: China fears US military is secretly training Taiwanese forces for attrition war)

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Weichert said that as Washington struggled to counter Beijing in the Indo-Pacific, China was rapidly projecting power across the world.

China achieves this in part through hypersonic missile technology, which the United States lacks, Weichert said. In July and August 2021, China would have tested hypersonic missiles who can allegedly elude missile defense systems and strike targets 3,400 miles a way.

“China has a significant lead over us, not only in hypersonic research, but also in development,” Weichert said. “China has these systems in the real world, we don’t.”

The long-awaited China third aircraft carrier will also give Beijing the means to control new areas, Weichert said.

“The fact that China is going to have three operational carriers, it gives them a lot of advantages to threaten Taiwan in particular, but also to project power beyond it,” Weichert said. “China’s ultimate goal is to be able to access not only the Indian Ocean and the entire Pacific Ocean, but also the Atlantic Ocean so that it can project energy into the Western Hemisphere. .”

Although China lack to reach a security deal with Pacific island nations on Monday, Weichert said China would not give up.

“The Chinese have the money, the time and the will. They will keep trying to woo the leaders of these small countries until they finally get what they want,” Weichert said. “We should be focused like a laser on [China]. If we wait to react until the threat has already come, it will probably be too late.

The Ministry of Defense did not immediately respond to DCNF’s request for comment. (RELATED: Did China just signal it’s on the brink of war?)

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