Skousen: China’s Superpower Status – Unstoppable Invasion Capability

Joel said on The Jeff Rense Show, 9/2/20 that China’s weaponry is in 3,000 miles of  underground tunnels.

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World Affairs Brief, September 4, 2020 Commentary and Insights on a Troubled World.

Copyright Joel Skousen. Partial quotations with attribution permitted. Cite source as Joel Skousen’s World Affairs Brief (

I have long told my subscribers after years of complaining about the Pentagon downplaying the Chinese threat: “When the Pentagon starts to warn about China being a real threat, you will know it is too late to stop it, or do anything about it.” Sadly, that time has come.

In the latest annual Pentagon report on China, they now admit that China has reached superpower status and is a global threat. All these years they have been downplaying the threat posed by China even as it built a ring of military bases in the South China Sea as a means of both defense and projecting power outward in a war—just as Japan did prior to WWII.

Not only have they bought all the mineral rights in Australia, but they have been working to subvert other Pacific Islands in Oceania like Vanuatu. An Aussie contact wrote to me about what is happening all over the islands:

I worked with some government officials in Vanuatu in 2010 – 2012. Back then there were hushed talks about Chinese bribery of politicians and their desire to put in a deep sea port in the main harbour there. From what I understand, China has achieved that now and increased the noose around Australia.

Also of particular note, back in 2010, there were about 3 families of Chinese there. A member of the government contacted me at the end of last year and told me now there are over 3000 Chinese families living there.

The government of Vanuatu considers China a ‘vital partner’ and has committed to supporting the One-China policy. Islands either support China or Taiwan, and China will not allow trade with any island that backs Taiwan, slowly strangling them. Eight states in Oceania recognize the communist PRC, and six recognize Taiwan. China and Vanuatu are in negotiations to allow China to open a permanent military base on Vanuatu, in addition to the port facilities they are building.

This is what China has been doing for decades, slowly building a ring of military and political support for the time they go to war with the West. In the beginning weeks of the war, China will invade and occupy the entire pacific ring from Japan, down through the Philippines and on through Australia and NZ. I hope the Aussies and Kiwis who are awake will get out in time. Bill Gertz has the story on the Pentagon’s new and ominous assessment of China.

China is on track to double the size of its nuclear warhead stockpile while expanding foreign military bases capable of attacking the United States — worrying signs Beijing is seeking global superpower status, according to the Pentagon’s annual report on the Chinese military released Tuesday.

Currently, the People’s Liberation Army has a warhead stockpile in the “low 200s,” that will be expanded for a nuclear triad on missiles, missiles fired from submarines and bombers over the coming years,… Over the next decade, China will expand and diversify its nuclear forces, likely at least doubling its nuclear warhead stockpile,” the report states. according to the latest report to Congress.

Truth be told, the Pentagon has never known how many warheads China has, or ICBMs because they are all underground and secret. It is all guesswork. But, I can assure you it is much more than what they are telling you.

Chinese nuclear forces currently are made up of large numbers of silo-based and road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missiles, along with an array of new high-tech weapons that includes multiple-warhead missiles and ultra-high speed hypersonic glide vehicles. Other new systems include theater-range precision strike nuclear weapons designed to counter American ballistic missiles defenses, advanced intelligence systems and precision-strike weapons.

The silo-based missiles are older models and can be seen by our satellites. The new road mobile missiles are hidden in tunnels and come out on tracks. We don’t know how many of these they have.

Rick Fisher, senior fellow at the International Assessment and Strategy Center, said the report presents an alarming picture of growing Chinese military power and that threat to democracy and freedom posed by the Chinese Communist Party.

“For decades China analysts in Washington have been downplaying or denying the possibility that China could become a global challenge to the United States, which this year’s China Military Report now acknowledges is building in plain sight,” he said.

But retired Navy Capt. Jim Fanell, former Pacific Fleet intelligence director, said the report omitted important details about Chinese weapons systems and developments, and understated other aspects of Beijing’s build-up.

Part of the disinformation process the Pentagon has always been involved in relative to the China threat.

“I am totally underwhelmed by this product,” Capt. Fanell said. “How is it that the Trump administration’s third [Defense Department] report on the PLA looks no different than the Obama administration’s reports?”

The Pentagon report says China’s longer-term goal is to develop a vaguely-defined world-class military by 2049 that can create a favorable environment for China’s communist system. [Believe me, they are not waiting until 2049 to be ready!]

However, the report noted that China appears to be shifting its nuclear strategy from one of not being the first to use nuclear weapons in a conflict to a “launch-on-warning” strategy — firing nuclear missiles based on indications of an incoming nuclear attack.

More disinformation. China and Russia are always preparing for a pre-emptive first strike.

Mr. Sbragia said the troubling nuclear buildup highlights the need to include China to arms limitation talks between the United States and Russia, something the Trump administration has urged and Beijing so far has resisted [and will always resist].

On basing, the report said China is expanding its sole overseas military base in Djibouti on the strategic Horn of Africa and is considering new bases that will be used for power projection around the world. Among the potential locations are Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Seychelles, Tanzania, Angola and Tajikistan.

This omits mention of all the smaller bases the Chinese have been building in the Pacific.

“A global PLA military logistics network could both interfere with U.S. military operations and support offensive operations against the United States as the PRC’s global military objectives evolve,” the report said. The base network will leverage China’s commercial ports and regional access agreements and will “allow the PLA to project and sustain military power at greater distances.”

The latest annual report provides a sharp contrast to previous Pentagon surveys that argued China’s military buildup was defensive and limited to developing forces capable of retaking Taiwan. [That was pure disinformation.]

The report provides new details on China’s large and expanding force of ballistic and cruise missiles. For example, the report contends that the PLA has rapidly built up the number of 4,000-mile range DF-26 missiles – one of two so-called “aircraft carrier-killing” weapons with enough precision to strike ships at sea. The PLA now has 200 DF-26 missiles capable of firing either conventional or nuclear warheads against Navy ships in the Pacific.

China last week conducted flight tests of four ballistic missiles into the disputed South China Sea, including a DF-26 and a DF-21D, the second anti-ship ballistic missile in the arsenal.

The report also mentioned that China is finally achieving the blue water navy it needs to control the world after war—350 ships (and growing) vs the 290 in the US Navy (and decreasing).

The new survey complains about “China’s near complete lack of transparency over its nuclear forces.” which raises other questions about how the Pentagon claims to know anything about the Chinese nuclear posture. How does it know for sure that,

“China’s nuclear forces consist of multi- and single-warhead ICBMS, a handful of Jin-class ballistic missile submarines and a growing force of H-6 strategic bombers.

They can know the following because of testing:

China, according to the report, is also planning an air-launched ballistic missile – a weapon also being developed by Russia.China is pursuing a nuclear triad with the development of nuclear-capable, air-launched ballistic missiles and last year publicly revealed a modified bomber that would carry this missile.”

China’s land-based conventional missile forces include more than 1,250 ground-launched ballistic missiles with ranges between 310 and 3,410 miles. The United States has only a little over 400 ICBMs with a single warhead and one type of conventional short-range missile and no ground-launched cruise missiles. Russia has twice as many missiles and warheads as the US—so much for the effectiveness of disarmament treaties!

Hypesters on the internet have long claimed there are thousands of Chinese troops in Mexico, which was totally untrue. Now Dave Hodges is listening to claimed “deep state sources” (no such thing) claiming there are 5,000 Chinese troops in Canada ready to strike. Nonsense. There are no pictures, no eye witnesses, just “secret insider sources.” Besides, 5,000 troops are a pittance when it comes to invading a country in war.

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