China’s New Missile Challenges US Dominance in Pacific

China deploys new precision guided missile designed to kill America’s super-aircraft carriers at 7,600 mph from 900 miles away.

(8/5/10) The new Dong Feng 21D is expected to revolutionize China’s role in the Pacific balance of power and seriously weaken America’s ability to intervene in any potential conflict over Taiwan or North Korea. China could also deny U.S. ships safe access to international waters near China’s 11,000 mile coastline. U.S. ships have only twice been this vulnerable– against Japan during World War II and against Soviet bombers during the Cold War. Read the Associated Press news article, Chinese missile could shift Pacific power balance, by Eric Talmadge (8/5/10).

The message is clear. America’s dominance in the Pacific is ending, and we have no one to blame but ourselves. “The greatest generation” of Americans fought and died on foreign soil so we could squander their legacy on cheap Chinese consumer goods.

The world is witnessing the birth of a new global superpower. We allowed China’s super-growth by outsourcing our manufacturing to them over the past 25 years. In 2010, US gross domestic product (GDP) rose by only 2.7%, inflation rose by 1.1% and the jobless rate held at 9.5%. In China, the GDP cooled to 10.3% growth, inflation held at 2.9%, and the jobless rate (for a country of nearly 1.4 billion people) was only 4.2%. To put it another way, the US trade deficit with China in 2009 was nearly $227 Billion. It has been steadily climbing since 1985. In 2002, America’s trade deficit with China broke the $100 billion mark. By 2005, we broke $200 billion. By 2008, we were on our way toward $300 billion, nearly $1 billion every day, and then the recession hit. (US Census Data)

What is China doing with all this money? They are buying US dollars, artificially propping-up our economy, and building advanced new weapons systems to project their strength abroad. How long can America continue its current China policy? How long can the world afford it? The Chinese are willing to continue the current policy until they no longer need us. Ask yourself what our options will be then? (See U.S. No Longer World’s Largest Economy; U.S. Economy Produces Fewer of World’s Richest People; The U.S. Is Losing Its Competitive Edge)

UPDATE: (1/12/11)

Chinese Stealth Fighter Appears to Make First Test Flight, by Jeremy Page and Julian E. Barnes, The Wall Street Journal online (1/12/11).

Images and witness accounts posted online Tuesday (1/11/11) appeared to show that China’s J-20 stealth fighter prototype had made its first test flight, even as Robert Gates, the U.S. Defense Secretary who has downplayed China’s stealth aircraft capability, was meeting Chinese civilian leaders in Beijing. The J-20 looks very similar to the U.S. F-22 Raptor, the world’s only fully operational stealth fighter. Tuesday’s test confirms that China’s stealth program has reached the next stage of development. Military aviation experts say the images suggest that China is making faster-than-expected progress in developing a potential rival to the F-22 and the Russian T-50, which made its first test flight last year.

Every Chinese product we buy brings America one step closer to losing our technological and economic advantage. And with these go our safety and security. Wake up America. A new world order is born.


About David A. Ross and Associates
David A. Ross, J.D. is a public policy and advocacy consultant from Pennsylvania. David A. Ross and Associates connects companies, nonprofits and government agencies to the rules, tools, information and resources they need to achieve their mission goals.

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