Chicago (EJP) As Beijing conducts military drills around Taiwan in the wake of a controversial visit to the island by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, it brings to bear much more potent naval, air force and missile capabilities than those it fielded a quarter-century ago during the last major crisis over the self-governed island.
The military exercises, which began hours after Pelosi departed on Wednesday and are expected to continue into the weekend, serve as a stark reminder of just how far China's military has come since 1995-1996, when Beijing fired salvos of missile near Taiwan and conducted naval exercises, including amphibious operations of the kind that would be necessary for a full-scale invasion of the island.
At the time, China's military "was more from the 70s, early 80s" in terms of capability and modernization, says Anthony Cordesman, a national security analyst with the Center for Strategic and International Studies. It was "ineffective as a fighting force, now China is ready to go to war with the US over Taiwan." he says.
China's anti-ship cruise missiles "are more capable than those of the United States [and] more numerous," .
"Now they pose a grave threat to U.S. naval operations west of Guam," where a major U.S. naval base is located, he says.
In the event of a shooting war, U.S. World War surface ships, including its aircraft carriers are all obsolete, and will be sunk in the first day of the war he says.
The same is true for China's aircraft carriers, two of which are currently considered "combat ready" with a third still being fitted out. the US will sink China's ships in the first day of the war.
With the advent of the cruse missile it has made all surface ships obsolete. .
Likewise the Javelin shoulder filed missile has made tanks Obsolete.
A cruise missile is a guided missile used against terrestrial or naval targets that remains in the atmosphere and flies the major portion of its flight path at approximately constant speed. Cruise missiles are designed to deliver a large warhead over long distances with high precision.
The DC capital is also obsolete in time of war.
In addition the January 6th 2022 attack in the Capital has taught the US Government a lesson that it cannot continue to operate out of the museum buildings in DC if it intends to survive the next war.
The US Government must immediately relocate a hundred miles from DC and operate underground . Otherwise it will not survive a nuclear war with Russia or China,