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China's Real Threat Is to America's Ruling Ideology. Across the political spectrum, there is widespread agreement that America must get serious about the threat posed by China.

China's Real Threat Is to America's Ruling Ideology

As the Trump administration comes to a close, the State Department has just released a document called ‘The Elements of the China Challenge’. A distillation of conventional wisdom among national security experts and government officials, it argues that the U.S. needs a concerted effort to push back against Beijing. US deploys aircraft carriers amid tensions with China. The Pacific region is no longer devoid of security, as two US Aircraft Carrier Strike Groups head into waters that have seemingly become infested with Chinese military activity in the wake of minimized US presence.

US deploys aircraft carriers amid tensions with China

The USS Ronald Reagan and USS Nimitz deployed to the area alongside their support vessels, sending a clear message to the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy, which became active as US deployments slowed down due to coronavirus. (1) The Coming War on China - True Story Documentary Channel. US stealth F-22, F-35, B-2 train for combat in Pacific, angering China - Business Insider. US warships infuriate Beijing with South China Sea sail-by operation - Business Insider. China slams Pentagon's PLA report, said it disregards facts, uses Cold War mentality.

Global Times By Yang Sheng and Zhang Hui Source:Global Times Published: 2019/1/16.

China slams Pentagon's PLA report, said it disregards facts, uses Cold War mentality

- The Washington Post. Snowden Documents Reveal Scope of Secrets Exposed to China in 2001 Spy Plane Incident. When China boldly seized a U.S. underwater drone in the South China Sea last December and initially refused to give it back, the incident ignited a weeklong political standoff and conjured memories of a similar event more than 15 years ago.

Snowden Documents Reveal Scope of Secrets Exposed to China in 2001 Spy Plane Incident

In April 2001, just months before the 9/11 attacks gripped the nation, a U.S. Navy spy plane flying a routine reconnaissance mission over the South China Sea was struck by a People’s Liberation Army fighter jet that veered aggressively close. The mid-air collision killed the Chinese pilot, crippled the Navy plane, and forced it to make an emergency landing at a Chinese airfield, touching off a tense international showdown for nearly two weeks while China refused to release the two-dozen American crew members and damaged aircraft. The sea drone captured in December was a research vessel, not a spy craft, according to the Pentagon, so its seizure didn’t risk compromising secret military technology.

Another stumbling block? A U.S. Girding for Confrontation. On May 30, 2018, Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced a momentous shift in American global strategic policy.

Girding for Confrontation

From now on, he decreed, the U.S. Pacific Command. which oversees all U.S. military forces in Asia, will be called the Indo-Pacific Command. Why a U.S-China War Over Taiwan Won’t Be Anything Like the Syria Strikes. Great powers have a habit of intervening to shield weak allies from rival great powers and advance their own purposes.

Why a U.S-China War Over Taiwan Won’t Be Anything Like the Syria Strikes

Last week it was Russia vowing to shoot down American missiles bound for Syrian chemical-weapon sites. Judging from recent Chinese words and deeds, next week could see the U.S. How Not to Win an AI Arms Race With China. A lawmaker’s proposal to curb Chinese investment in U.S. artificial-intelligence firms has more than a few critics.

How Not to Win an AI Arms Race With China

The idea of a Chinese-U.S. arms race for artificial intelligence conjures up images of an army of swarmbots defeating self-driving tanks on a smoldering, depopulated hellscape. It’s an idea so captivating that Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, wants to make it harder for the Chinese to invest in U.S. technology development, including in companies developing artificial intelligence, out of fear that Beijing will use small investment positions in Silicon Valley firms to erode U.S. national security and technological advantage. But tech entrepreneurs, academics in the field, and former senior officials in the White House and Pentagon think the proposal would do more harm than good.

The senator has dubbed his proposed remedy the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act. Afi16-118. China Syndrome. “China is reaching deep within the world island in an attempt to thoroughly reshape the geopolitical fundamentals of global power…… Its two-step plan is designed to build a transcontinental infrastructure for the economic integration of the world island from within, while mobilizing military forces to surgically slice through Washington’s encircling containment…….If China succeeds in linking its rising industries to the vast natural resources of the Eurasian heartland, then quite possibly….

China Syndrome

“the empire of the world would be in sight.”— Alfred McCoy, The Geopolitics of American Global Decline, The Unz Review“The future of politics will be decided in Asia, not Afghanistan or Iraq, and the United States will be right at the center of the action.”— Former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, “America’s Pacific Century”, Foreign Policy magazine. Chinese Hackers Access Performance Reviews Of 3 Million Shitty Federal Workers. WASHINGTON – Chinese hackers were behind a massive cyber-attack that among other things accessed the performance reviews of nearly three million shitty federal workers, Duffel Blog has learned.

Chinese Hackers Access Performance Reviews Of 3 Million Shitty Federal Workers

“Most damaging was not the utter failure of our 40 billion dollar cyber security program, or access to key government organizational structures,” said Eric Mickens, a spokesman for USCYBERCOM. With a series of major hacks, China builds a database on Americans. China is building massive databases of Americans’ personal information by hacking government agencies and U.S. health-care companies, using a high-tech tactic to achieve an age-old goal of espionage: recruiting spies or gaining more information on an adversary, U.S. officials and analysts say.

With a series of major hacks, China builds a database on Americans

Groups of hackers working for the Chinese government have compromised the networks of the Office of Personnel Management, which holds data on millions of current and former federal employees, as well as the health insurance giant Anthem, among other targets, the officials and researchers said. “They’re definitely going after quite a bit of personnel information,” said Rich Barger, chief intelligence officer of ThreatConnect, a Northern Virginia cybersecurity firm.

“We suspect they’re using it to understand more about who to target [for espionage], whether electronically or via human ­recruitment.” China's Island-Building Undermines Regional Security, U.S. Defense Secretary Says. The South China Sea Word War. Why is Obama Goading China? US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter is willing to risk a war with China in order to defend “freedom of navigation” in the South China Sea. Speaking in Honolulu, Hawaii on Wednesday, Carter issued his “most forceful” warning yet, demanding “an immediate and lasting halt to land reclamation” by China in the disputed Spratly Islands. Carter said: “There should be no mistake: The United States will fly, sail, and operate wherever international law allows, as we do all around the world.” He also added that the United States intended to remain “the principal security power in the Asia-Pacific for decades to come.” Target:?

In the summer of 2013, the X-47B -- an experimental, bat-winged, unmanned aerial vehicle -- flew over the Virginia coast, dove toward a 1,000-foot-long steel landing pad, then rolled to a stop on the USS George H.W. Bush without the aid of a single human. Given that touching down on the tiny, rolling deck of an aircraft carrier is a task given to only the world's most elite pilots, the UAV's landing marked a milestone in unmanned aviation for the United States.

And it raised the bar in the military robotics revolution now under way around the world. But perhaps not high enough. Just four months later, China announced that its own bat-winged, next-generation UAV, dubbed Sharp Sword, had flown successfully. Call Sign 'Rogue': Pentagon Says One Chinese Commander Responsible for Spate of Air Confrontations. U.S. military operations in Iraq may be limited for now, but the rhetoric in Washington is heating up. On Thursday, it boiled over at the Pentagon, where Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel painted a new and more dangerous picture of the threat that the Islamic State poses to Americans and U.S. interests. The group "is as sophisticated and well-funded as any group that we have seen. They're beyond just a terrorist group," Hagel said in response to a question about whether the Islamic State posed a similar threat to the United States as al Qaeda did before Sept. 11, 2001.

The Past’s Dead Hand. A major cause of current tensions in the East and South China seas are two documents that most Americans have either forgotten about or don’t know exist. China Thinks Hillary Is Bossy. China News, China Business News, Taiwan and Hong Kong News and Business. China Cyberwar and Real War. Hacking China. Looks Like the US Government was Behind 2012 Anonymous Cyber-Attacks on Chinese Websites. America’s “Pivot to Asia” Threatens China: US Stages Show of Naval Force in South China Sea War Games. On October 25, the US Nimitz class aircraft carrier USS George Washington entered Manila Bay.

Surrounded: How the U.S. Is Encircling China with Military Bases. The U.S. military is encircling China with a chain of air bases and military ports. How Guantanamo affects China: Our human rights hypocrisies. In May 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geithner were poised to make a rare double visit to China for a high-level strategic and economic dialogue. China’s Glass Ceiling - By Geoff Dyer. "It's over for America," a Chinese academic told me in late 2008, two days after Goldman Sachs turned itself into a commercial bank in order to fend off possible collapse. "From here on, it's all downhill. " Sitting in Beijing as American capitalism seemed to be hanging by a thread, it was easy to believe that one era was ending and another beginning.

Powering the Pacific “Pivot” With Leon and Chuck. The pivot to Asia and the urgent fight against waterborne IEDs. US election: Kernels of truth in "China bashing" America’s Strategy To Destabilize the Asia-Pacific Region. Radar sent to Japan can track anti-ship missiles. Everything You Think You Know About China Is Wrong - By Minxin Pei. 5 Things the Pentagon Isn't Telling Us About the Chinese Military - By Trefor Moss.