The United States will not be able to constrain China with its current “AirSea Battle” concept, according to Vassily Kashin, a senior research fellow at the Moscow-based Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, in a recent article written for the website of the Voice of Russia.

In the article, Kashin stated that the AirSea Battle concept was first created to destroy the command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems of the People’s Liberation Army. It also aims to envision the destruction of the adversary’s means to isolate a combat area.

However, Kashin stated that China has been preparing to defend itself against the US strategy for years. It has lead China to spend huge amounts of resources to counter the concept by means of electronic warfare, cyber attacks and the use of anti-satellite weapons. This indicates that the US must devote more resources to defend its regional forces, Kashin wrote.

Meanwhile, the US would be unable to launch a full scale war against China as the world’s largest economy is facing economic and financial problems, while the US must also keep its presence in the Middle East to ensure regional security.

The US has two powerful allies in Asia, Japan and South Korea, but neither country are capable of competing against China alone, Kashin said. South Korea must deal with rising tensions on the Korean peninsula, while Japan only has enough weapon systems to defend itself from a potential Chinese attack.

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The Washington Free Beacon’s Bill Gertz joined The Blaze TV’s “Real News” Friday to discuss China’s capability to attack American satellites and thus inflict great strategic and monetary damage to the United States.

“Gen. Shelton issued somewhat of an alarming call, saying that China has the capability to attack these satellites,” Gertz said. While the U.S. is taking a defensive posture involving smaller satellites that are “more survivable”, Gerz said that “still doesn’t deal with China’s A-Sat capability, or anti-satellite capability. They have missiles that can shoot these guys down.”

When asked about the Obama administration’s response to China’s new capabilities, Gertz responded the White House is “dead set against having offensive anti-satellite weapons.”

“We have that capability,” Gertz continued, “but the administration is opposed to that and, as a result, the administration is playing defense while the Chinese are playing offense.

Excerpted From the Washington Free Beacon

China overtakes US to become world’s biggest goods trading nation


America has finally lost its crown to China as the world’s biggest goods trading nation.

China imported and exported goods valued at $4.16 trillion (£2.5 trillion) last year, marking a 7.6pc rise on 2012, according to new figures.

America will not release the equivalent numbers until February but it is highly unlikely to stay ahead of China. During the first 11 months of 2013, it traded $3.57 trillion of goods.

The US remains the biggest overall trading nation in the world, thanks to heavy exports of services, but Friday’s data demonstrate a shift in the balance of economic might between the two superpowers.

Zheng Yuesheng, chief statistician of China’s customs administration, said: “This is a landmark milestone for our nation’s foreign trade development.”

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The Chinese government has announced that it is strengthening the implementation of police powers in the South China Sea, demanding that all foreign fishermen acquire approval from its authorities prior to operating in regions “belonging to China,” reports our Chinese-language sister paper Want Daily.

The Jan. 7 declaration follows November’s announcement of a new air defense identification zone (ADIZ) requiring foreign planes to notify Beijing of flights over a huge portion of the East China Sea, where China is locked in a bitter territorial dispute with Japan over the Diaoyutai islands (Diaoyu to China, Senkaku to Japan). Tensions have remained high since Japan, which administers the islands, “nationalized” three of the five islands through purchases from private owners in September 2012, sparking nationwide anti-Japanese protests across China.

China lays claim to 2 million square kilometers, or nearly two-thirds, of the South China Sea, including an area that includes island groups claimed by the Philippines and Vietnam.

Philippines foreign affairs spokesperson Raul Hernandez said on Wednesday that the country’s diplomats were seeking more information on the new South China Sea rules. There has not yet been an official response from Vietnam, while the United States continues to assert neutrality in South China Sea territorial disputes.

The new rules were reportedly passed by the provincial legislature of Hainan in southernmost China in late November and only specify that foreign vessels must seek permission from “relevant departments” to fish or survey within waters administered by Hainan. Violators of the rule are liable to have their catches and fishing equipment confiscated, along with a potential fine of up to 500,000 yuan (US$83,000).

The Associated Press said China’s announcement prompts concerns that Chinese president Xi Jinping’s push to assert his country’s role as a regional power could spark a confrontation with neighbors.

“These sort of assertions of sovereignty, or territorial claims, will continue,” said Joseph Cheng, a Hong Kong politics expert from the City University of Hong Kong, in an interview with the Associated Press, adding, “Xi believes he can’t afford to be seen as soft.”

Excerpted From the Want China Times