President Donald Trump’s refusal to bow to the whims of China has reportedly resulted in them beginning to flex their muscles with the deployment of an ICBM system.
Zero Hedge reported:
China is wasting no time to project power in a world in which it believes Donald Trump’s “America First” doctrine has created a “superpower vacuum.”
One day after a senior Chinese diplomat said on Monday that Beijing is prepared to “assume a role of world leadership if others step back from that position” after U.S. President Donald Trump pledged in his first speech to put “America first”, Beijing has reportedly deployed an advanced Dongfeng-41 ICBM system in Heilongjiang Province, which borders with Russia.
According to China’s nationalist Global Times tabloid, “the Chinese military intentionally revealed the Dongfeng-41 and connected it with the inauguration of US President Donald Trump. They think this is Beijing’s response to Trump’s provocative remarks on China.”
The Global Times wrote, “the US has the world’s most powerful military strength, including the most advanced and powerful nuclear arsenal. But Trump has called for a nuclear arms build-up many times. Even Washington feels that its naval forces and nuclear strength are lacking, so how can China be content with its current nuclear strength when it is viewed by the US as its biggest potential opponent?”
The Global Times went on to say that “China’s nuclear capability should be so strong that no country would dare launch a military showdown with China under any circumstance, and such that China can strike back against those militarily provoking it. A military clash with the US is the last thing China wants, but China’s nuclear arsenal must be able to deter the US.”
The article in the Global Times continued:
The US has not paid enough respect to China’s military. Senior US officials of the Asia-Pacific command frequently show their intention to flex their muscles with arrogance. The Trump team also took a flippant attitude toward China’s core interests after Trump’s election win. Enhancing communication and mutual understanding is not enough. China must procure a level of strategic military strength that will force the US to respect it.
A China with or without the Dongfeng-41 is different to the outside world. That is the significance of the Dongfeng-41. We hope this strategic edge will be revealed officially soon. It will not bring the China Threat theory, but will only add authority to the People’s Liberation Army.
Apparently Russia isn’t concerned:
The alleged deployment of the DF-41 near Russia’s border should not be read as a threat to Russia, military analyst Konstantin Sivkov told RIA Novosti.
“DF-41 missiles placed near Russia’s border are a smaller threat than if they were placed deeper in the Chinese territory. Such missiles usually have a very large ‘dead zone’ [area within minimal range that cannot be attacked by a weapon],” he said, adding that the ICBMs would not be able to target Russia’s Far East and most of Eastern Siberia from the Heilongjiang Province.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov spoke about the build-up, “Certainly, the actions of the Chinese military, if the reports prove correct, the military build-up in China is not perceived as a threat to our country.”
The Kremlin also noted that China is Russia’s “strategic partner in political and economic senses.”
It will be very interesting to see how Trump responds to this build up. China’s move doesn’t seem particularly surprising, but Trump’s next move in response to this escalation from words to full on chest puffing will be instructive as to how he plans to deal with the country — and others for that matter.
You’ve got to love China’s insistence that the “America first” policy creates a vacuum that they are going to fill.
It seems to serve two purposes. First, it is a clever propaganda campaign that establishment hacks on both sides of the aisle that are so aghast by an American president actually putting America first will surely get stuck on this Chinese development — just as China surely wants them to do.
Second, it’s a convenient way to hide the likely cause of all this chest puffing — China is butt-hurt that Trump isn’t playing by their rules anymore.
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