China Just Sent a Message to America: Don’t Mess With Us


Peter Brookes / /

Napoleon Bonaparte is credited with saying some 200 years ago that “China is a sleeping giant. Let him sleep, for when he wakes, he will shake the world.”

911ChineseFlag-1250x650Pretty spot on, don’t you think?

China’s stock market and questions about the Middle Kingdom’s economic future have certainly shaken up world markets in recent weeks, but that’s not all.

Political and security analysts have also recently been shaken by Chinese saber-rattling and military muscle-flexing—on both sides of the Pacific Ocean.

Let’s start with the Soviet-style military parade that Beijing put on last week to mark the end of World War II. In truth, it was a serious spectacle of military might, including goose-stepping soldiers, tanks, drones, fighters, and ballistic missiles.

But it was much more than that.

Despite talk of peace, Beijing was sending a message to the region—and to the world, especially the United States—that China has awoken from its security slumber and is a giant not to be messed with.

Hard to miss the in-your-face symbolism of China parading ballistic missiles—with military designations written on the side in English—that analysts have dubbed the “carrier killer” and the “Guam killer.”

That’s right: two of the ballistic missiles reportedly showcased at the parade last week are believed to have been designed for the purposes of destroying an American aircraft carrier and targeting U.S. military bases on Guam.

Just in case Washington didn’t get the message, Beijing also dispatched a flotilla of warships to the Bering Sea off Alaska during President Obama’s visit last week to the “Last Frontier” state to discuss climate change.

(You can almost see the prez muttering under his breath: “To heck with Sarah Palin seeing Russia; I can see China from here…?”)

While the Chinese ships likely stayed in international waters (12 miles from the Alaska coast) and just happened to be in the area after exercises with Russia farther to the west, China was doing some chest-thumping.

Several messages China is sending here:

  • We can reach out and touch you if we want.
  • We can put ships off your coast just as you do ours.
  • We don’t like you contesting our new “instant islands” in the South China Sea.
  • We can send our “new” navy anywhere.

All of this comes on top of a new Pentagon report that says Beijing has now reclaimed nearly 3,000 acres from the sea, creating islands on existing coral reefs in the South China Sea far from China. Some have a military purpose—for example, a nearly 10,000-foot runway.

By the way, these new islands are Chinese sovereign territory—just ask Beijing.

There’s little doubt that China plans to have a major say in the South China Sea, an area important for reasons of security and natural resources (including fish and energy). Plus, it’s the crossroads of a large volume of global seaborne commerce, including American.

It has long been understood that China will shake global markets when its economy—the world’s second largest—stumbles, but what may be less known is that China’s security policy suggests there could be a whole lot more shaking going on.

Originally published in The Boston Herald and The Daily Signal.




    • sherri palmer

      Lets not forget it either, and remember to vote their worthless asses out and to make sure they are never in politics again…

  • Steve Susa

    China is having a bad economy, they are not going to bomb anything American, we owe them too much money!

  • CQ

    What is missing from US leadership: sending clear messages to other nations that, since the end of WWII the US has had the power and means to have dominated other countries; invaded or obliterated them. but it has not.

    The US has been a benevolent force in the world, helping rebuild cities and nations from the destruction of WWII. There has been no need for defensive measures against the USA. Following the collapse of the USSR, Russia was basically a sitting duck, but the US did not take advantage of its weakness.

    Over the last 7 years the power of the USA has been weakened by its president, so China, Russia, North Korea (snicker) and other countries with less than stellar human rights standards have less need for even defensive weapons – but their build-up of offensive weapons does threaten world peace.

  • sherri palmer

    Trump cannot do everything but I am sure he will turn over our strategic defense to our generals and beef up our military…then fk china, Russia and the damn middle east!

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