China Developing High Technology Advanced Weapons To Defeat US: Report

 China is developing an array of high technology advance weapons systems for future conflicts to defeat US. “China’s advanced weapons programs present both direct implications for U.S. security interests and broader implications for long-term U.S.-China defense technological competition” US- China Economic Security Review Commission observed in its latest report to US Congress.  

Shailesh Kumar, National Defence
New Delhi, 18 November 2017

“China’s hypersonic weapons program appears to be in developmental stages but progressing rapidly, featuring seven likely hypersonic glide vehicle tests since2014 and a reported scramjet engine flight test in 2015. Following a deep history of research into directed energy weapons, China’s progress includes reported advancements in developing a highpower microwave antimissile system in 2017, at least one chemical high energy laser designed to damage or blind imaging satellites as of 2006 (with likely further developments), and recent marketing of low-power solid state laser weapons. China has reportedly built experimental electromagnetic railguns, and numerous research institutes in China are studying aspects of electromagnetic launch technology”.

Chinese Military Base In Djibouti- Satellite Image
Chinese Military Base In Djibouti- Satellite Image

“China’s technology tests applicable to counterspace weapons include direct-ascent antisatellite missiles, ground-based directed energy weapons, and rendezvous and proximity operations; and its writings and capabilities indicate the potential for directed energy  weapons based on co-orbital platforms. Finally, in addition to developing and marketing a wide range of unmanned systems, China has conducted research into autonomous systems such as AIequipped cruise missiles, autonomous vehicles, and drone swarms, alongside its rapid rise in the global commercial AI sector”.

Report submitted that the President Xi’s would employ coercion to advance China’s global goals and that add to disconcerting against the backdrop of China’s impressive military modernization. “ He is undertaking ambitious reforms to cement control over the military apparatus and transform China’s armed forces into a more powerful joint force capable of undertaking sophisticated operations, particularly in “hotspots” like the East and South China seas and against Taiwan”.

“China’s military modernization is being augmented by a centrally directed effort to develop advanced military technologies at the global frontier—weapons just now being developed or not yet developed by any country. These advanced systems, such as maneuverable reentry vehicles, hypersonic weapons, directed energy weapons, electromagnetic railguns, counterspace weapons, and unmanned and artificial intelligence-equipped weapons, will enable China to compete militarily with the United States”.

“Taken together, these developments paint a clear picture of China’s goals and ambitions. As China expands its role on the world stage, it seeks to diminish the role and influence of the United States in Asia and beyond. It is incumbent on U.S. policymakers to advance a coordinated and comprehensive economic, geostrategic, and military strategy that ensures these goals and ambitions do not disrupt U.S. interests at home or abroad”.

China's One Belt One Road Project
China’s One Belt One Road Project

“China’s military modernization program seeks to advance Beijing’s security interests, prevent other countries from challenging those interests, and defend China’s sovereignty claims to disputed areas along its border and maritime periphery. The weapons and systems under development and those that are being fielded by China’s military—such as intermediate-range ballistic missiles, bombers with long-range precision strike capabilities, and guided missile nuclear attack submarines—are intended to provide China the capability to strike targets further from shore, such as Guam, and potentially complicate U.S. responses to crises involving China in the Indo-Pacific” .

The report also mentions that in resolving the Doklam issue, India was more successful than the Philippines and Vietnam in countering Chinese coercion. Report also talks about China’s ambitious 900 billion dollar one belt one road project, which barring India owing to violation of its sovereignty, 60 nations have joined.

Local resistance to Chinese development has stalled or closed several important Chinese projects, including the $3.6 billion Myitsone Dam in Burma and a railway linking Kunming to the Indian Ocean.

Local resistance to Chinese development has stalled or closed several important Chinese projects, including the $3.6 billion Myitsone Dam in Burma and a railway linking Kunming to the Indian Ocean.

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