Recent press reports that have received little attention in the West indicate that China is quintupling the size of its marine corps, from roughly 20,000 to 100,000 troops.
Russia and China are experiencing the highest level of military cooperation since the two countries normalized relations nearly three decades ago, posing an escalated threat to the United States and its allies in the region, according to a government report released Monday.
Foreign nations including China and Russia along with the Islamic State are conducting information warfare against the United States and the federal government is ill prepared to counter it, information warfare experts told Congress on Wednesday.
Just over twenty years ago, President Bill Clinton responded to Chinese missile tests and amphibious exercises designed to intimidate Taiwan by dispatching two U.S. aircraft carriers to the vicinity of the island, which lies about 100 miles off the coast of the Communist mainland. Times change. In January of this year, China sailed an aircraft carrier—purchased from Russia and commissioned in 2012—leisurely around Taiwan.
The Obama administration blocked a $1 billion arms sale to Taiwan in December that was needed to improve the island’s defenses despite approval from the State Department and Pentagon, according to Trump administration officials.
China is preparing a five-fold surge to the size of its Marine Corps as Beijing moves to further exert its influence abroad.
China’s military is developing powerful lasers, electromagnetic railguns and high-power microwave weapons for use in a future “light war” involving space-based attacks on satellites.
Critical American infrastructures like the electric grid will remain vulnerable to catastrophic cyber attacks from Russia and China for at least 10 years, according to a Pentagon study.
China on Tuesday reacted harshly to the U.S. military’s deployment of an advanced missile defense system to South Korea—one day after North Korea fired a salvo of 600-mile range missiles toward Japan.
Several articles have been published since the 2016 election raising the possibility that President Trump could try warming U.S. relations with Russia to counter a rising and increasingly assertive China. Such “triangular diplomacy” to pit Moscow against Beijing does sound like innovative strategic maneuvering that could prove groundbreaking. But it won’t work in practice.