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This Picture Is How China Plans to Beat America If World War III Breaks Out

China Carrier-Killer Missile Tests
Image from the now closed WantChinaTimes.

Various experts for over a decade have warned that China’s missile forces have been built up dramatically to ensure that the U.S. Navy would be hit hard if war ever broke out. Indeed, you could even call China a missile superpower: 

In the last couple of years, there has been a lot of attention on the build-up of China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). It has undergone a major modernization effort and is now the largest naval force in the world. Just last month, the PLAN launched its third aircraft carrier – the second to be entirely indigenously built. This will allow China to flex its muscles in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond.

Likewise, there has been great speculation regarding China’s efforts to develop a capable fifth-generation fighter aircraft and a medium- to long-range stealth bomber. In very short order, Beijing has finally made the great leap forward to become a major world power.

Yet, largely overshadowed by the ships and aircraft are China’s efforts to increase its missile capabilities. These efforts haven’t been ignored, it is simply a matter of fact that Beijing appears to be focused on multiple projects in a way that would have seemed impossible just a decade ago.

As a RAND Corp. study noted, China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has transformed itself from a larger but antiquated force into a capable, modern military. What should be worrisome for Washington is the rate at which China has closed the gap, and there is a very serious risk that Beijing could overtake the United States.

Rocketing Ahead

A 2020 report from the United States Department of Defense (DoD) warned that China’s land-based conventional missile capabilities have also developed significantly over the past two decades. In the early 2000s, China’s missile forces were generally short-range with modest accuracy.

However, in the years since, China has developed the world’s “largest and most diverse” arsenal of ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles – fielding multiple new missile systems in recent years. Many of those missiles are also capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear payloads.

The Success of Red Capitalism

China has been able to fund these multiple projects thanks largely to its booming economy. That explosive growth has resulted in significantly larger defense budgets, which in turn have funded the development of many new military systems – including ballistic and cruise missiles.

Even with its rapid expansion, China’s missile forces are, for the most part, not near parity with the United States. Beijing has fewer nuclear-armed missiles than the United States, and it has fewer conventionally-armed missiles as well.

However, one area where Chinese missiles have been able to exceed those of the United States has been with land-based medium- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles. It is a type of weapon that was banned by the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty signed by the United States and the Soviet Union near the end of the Cold War. In fact, the United States and Russia were strictly prohibited from actually developing missiles of the class due to the 1987 missile treaty.

Hypersonic Missiles

Another area where the United States has already fallen behind China – as well as Russia – is in the development of hypersonic missiles. Last August, China reportedly tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic glide vehicle that could circle the globe in low-orbit space.

Though it missed its target by about two-dozen miles, experts still warned that China had made astounding progress on hypersonic weapons, and at this point, its efforts are far more advanced than the United States had realized.

New Missile Silos

What is especially worrisome is that newly released satellite images have revealed that China is building a second nuclear missile silo field. This would be in addition to the 120 missile silos already under construction near Yumen in Gansu province. The second missile silo field is located 380 km (240 miles) northwest of the Yumen field, near the prefecture-level city of Hami in Eastern Xinjiang. The silos are reported to be for the DF-41 Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), which is believed to be capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads – perhaps up to 10 warheads. The missiles have an estimated range of 7,000 km (4,350 miles) – allowing them to reach targets in the United States. These are in addition to the force of approximately 100 road-mobile ICBM launchers that the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force (PLARF) has in its arsenal.

U.S. researchers have warned that China is expanding its nuclear force in part to maintain a deterrent that would be able to survive a U.S. first strike and even be able to retaliate in sufficient numbers to defeat U.S. missile defenses.

China is truly rocketing its way towards being a missile superpower.

Expert Biography: A Senior Editor for 1945, Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based writer who has contributed to more than four dozen magazines, newspapers and websites. He regularly writes about military hardware, firearms history, cybersecurity and international affairs. Peter is also a Contributing Writer for Forbes.

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Expert Biography: A Senior Editor for 1945, Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based writer who has contributed to more than four dozen magazines, newspapers, and websites with over 3,000 published pieces over a twenty-year career in journalism. He regularly writes about military hardware, firearms history, cybersecurity, and international affairs. Peter is also a Contributing Writer for Forbes. You can follow him on Twitter: @PeterSuciu.

12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. Josh

    August 28, 2022 at 12:29 pm

    No need to worry about China. Best to worry about God’s wrath. The only thing we have to fear is God Almighty. He alone has the power to destroy our souls in hell. I am pretty sure we have laser weapons that can intercept any attacks from any of these Chinese weapons.

  2. Illurion

    August 28, 2022 at 12:57 pm

    This is all because of XI.

    He is the modern-day Hitler.

    He wants to rule the world.

    It would be nice if XI were removed by his own people in order to stop the coming war that he is planning.

    As an alternative, having XI assassinated would be next.

    However, when the time comes, America must strike FIRST.

    With everything in our arsenal.

    We will not get a second chance, and you can bet that it is XI’s plan to strike First already.

    In the mean time, wouldn’t it be sad if a particular dam in China were to burst, flooding a dozen cities, and quarter of the land downstream.

    Such an event might delay the Chinese, and derail XI’s plans.

  3. Steve

    August 28, 2022 at 1:48 pm

    Interested in understanding “China Navy is now the largest in the world.” What criteria is used for this measure? How does the US Navy compare?

  4. Paulydaclown

    August 28, 2022 at 2:16 pm

    You failed to mention that there thousands of Chinese in the streets of a country it’s illegal to protest. This is due to a lack of housing but not like you might think. These Chinese people have essentially already paid for those homes not built yet.
    So contractors are putting up skyscrapers as fast as possible. Skipping major details or not building nearly enough homes for what they sold. Now those skyscrapers are falling all over China. Without the proper checks & balances and the unexpected boom in housing. Many have seen their long-saved and hard-earned money spent on a big pile of dust. So missiles are great. But if your people, what about a billion Chinese? They decide to rip their leaders to pieces. It’s going to be hard to fight off any country much less attack some other country if some sort of civil war breaks out around China. China hides its problems but look it up.
    Not to mention this new generation of Chinese people are not in lock step with their government communist ideals. China’s main problem is China! Moving fast militarily is great in war time. But if you destroy your infrastructure in the process. Combined with it creating massive homelessness & then starvation. Homeless & starving, when they already payed for their house! It just crumbled to the groud before they were able to move in. All backed by the Chinese Government to some extent of course. Now you pissed off a billion Chinese. Especially young Chinese men & women who can and will fight. The same groups of thousands so far are in the street’s protesting at risk of life. The problem their for the government is if you’re willing to die to protest now. What in 5 years will you be willing to die for?
    At least here in America we make sure are homeless stay drunk, on drugs or sleeping it off in a Drunk/Drug tanks aka cells for the night. That was sarcasm we’re not so great to are people either. Still way better than the Chinese government treats its people! Thank you USA 🇺🇸.

  5. Geronimo357

    August 28, 2022 at 5:36 pm

    Benedict Biden? WELL THAT’S HIS NAME!
    And selling out America? SURE THAT’S HIS GAME!!

  6. Am3rican Patriot

    August 28, 2022 at 5:56 pm

    Who cares about Taiwan? Let China have it. It’s part of China anyway. We need to use our military to defend our own borders, which are being invaded right now. Why are we planning to fight a war with China on the other side of the world when our own borders are wide open?

  7. Cornfed

    August 28, 2022 at 6:14 pm

    All true, but we know that if war breaks out, shipping ceases and our country grinds to a halt. I don’t think we’ll ever engage in a hot war with China simply for that reason. True, it would throw about a hundred million chinese out of work, but the U.S. would wither and die sooner than discontented chinese would overthrow their govt.

  8. HenryTheAte

    August 28, 2022 at 9:59 pm

    No, Taiwan is NOT a part of China. Find in history where Taiwan Formosa was ever part of China. The Communists claim this only by them of telling the world over and over that Taiwan is theirs. Taiwan Formosa was there a long time before the Communists took over China in 1949. Give me a break!

  9. Steven

    August 28, 2022 at 10:08 pm

    Never a mention of c-yber-w-arfare

  10. Steven

    August 28, 2022 at 10:10 pm

  11. KungFuNasi

    August 29, 2022 at 3:55 am

    RE:
    Interested in understanding “China Navy is now the largest in the world.” What criteria is used for this measure? How does the US Navy compare?

    I’m pretty sure the writer is taking size to be the number of amphibious vessels overall in which case China has quite a bit more. But this is also deceiving b/c China maintains a majority of it’s fishing vessels to be counted as military vessels which in all honesty they’re not remotely close to being military level ships. This is to the best of my knowledge, anyway. Hope this clarifies things somewhat for you

  12. Carlos

    September 2, 2022 at 10:33 pm

    The Chinese can’t build a passenger jet engine for their COMAC which is a copy of the 737 and you’re trying to scare the bejeezus out of Americans. What’s wrong with you?

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