China deployed “carrier killer” missiles after warning the US Navy to stay out of the South China Sea while releasing increasingly hot rhetoric that discusses killing US sailors.
China has a powerful military stronghold in the South China Sea and plenty of missiles that can outrange and overwhelm US aircraft carriers.
A prominent Chinese hawk suggested that sinking an aircraft carrier could break the US’s will in a kind of “bloody nose” attack.
US experts agree that carriers are at risk to China’s new missiles and that losing one would traumatize the nation.
But the US has lost carriers before and, if China is at all serious about its rhetoric, could “bring down the wrath of God” on Beijing in a fight they’re not ready for, according to experts.
China responded to a recent challenge from the US Navy with the deployment of missiles purpose-built to sink aircraft carriers while increasingly hot rhetoric from Beijing suggests that the US’s will to fight can be broken.
Chinese Rear Admiral Luo Yuan, an anti-US hawk who holds an academic rank shaping military theory, proposed a solution to the US and China’s simmering tensions in the South China Sea in a December speech: Break the US’s spirit by sinking an aircraft carrier or two.
Dai Xu, a People’s Liberation Army Air Force colonel commandant and the president of China’s Institute of Marine Safety and Cooperation, suggested in December that China’s navy should ram US Navy ships sailing in the international waterway.
Zhang Junshe, a researcher at China’s Naval Military Studies Research Institute, gave a speech in January saying that if any conflict does break out between the US and China in the South China Sea, no matter the context, the US bears the blame.
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Bonnie Glaser, the director of the China Power Project noted to Business Insider that these commentators, mainly researchers, didn’t officially speak for China, but said they shouldn’t be totally ignored.
Following the hike in pro-war rhetoric from Beijing, official Chinese media announced the deployment DF-26 “carrier killer” missiles to northwestern China, where they could range US ships in the South China Sea. China previously tested missiles like these against mock-ups of US aircraft carriers, and has designed them to out range and overwhelm the ships.
China fiercely censors any speech that clashes with the Communist party’s official ideology or goals, so it’s meaningful that the Chinese researcher’s open discussion of killing US Navy sailors was picked up by global media.
“The fact that these hawkish admirals have been let off the leash to make such dangerous statements is indicative of the nationalist’s clamor for prestige that is driving Chinese policy in the region,” John Hemmings, a China expert at the Henry Jackson Society told Business Insider.
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Source:: Business Insider