- China Pursuing Asymmetric Military Strategy and War Games, To Deter U.S.!
Like Russia, China is also in the midst of preparations for war should it find itself confronted by an aggressive US-Japan-Australian, and perhaps other countries, alliance. China, rather than depending on a full frontal confrontation with hostile forces, is, instead, pursing an asymmetric strategy that targets what it perceives to be America’s weak flanks, since it has no illusions that its conventional military forces can match those of the US. Loro Horta, a graduate of the senior officers course at the PLA National Defense University, as well as the US Naval Post Graduate School and the US National Defense University, describes that strategy, in an article that first appeared on Yale Global Online on Oct. 17 and then reproduced in the South China Morning Post, November 5th.
Horta cites China’s DF-21A ballistic missile, the “carrier killer” anti-ship missile about which there is much debate in Western military circles, but he warns that to consider it in isolation is a mistake because it is, in fact, a component of a larger asymmetric war strategy that also includes both submarines, fast attack vessels, anti-satellite systems and large numbers of land-based missiles of both the cruise and ballistic types. “The question is not whether the US is capable of countering a particular system or not, but whether it’s capable of appreciating the nature of an asymmetric strategy across all domains of the battle space,” Horta writes.
Horta suggests that this strategy could have a positive effect, in that the US and China would be deterring each other. They have a great many interests in common, he notes, including their economic interdependence, which could reduce the chances for tension. “However, one should remember, in both world wars of the previous century, Germany was Britain’s largest trade partner,” he concludes.
Maneuvers “Closest to the Real Combat In The Future,” Chinese Admiral Says
Chinese Rear Admiral Liao Shining did a report-back on the major Chinese naval maneuvers held over the last half month in the western Pacific, entitled “Maneuver 5,” which involved three Chinese fleets: the North China Sea Fleet, the East China Sea Fleet, and the South China Sea Fleet.