If China’s ‘carrier killer’ missiles work, it’s making one of the dumbest moves of the century

J-15 fighters from China's Liaoning aircraft carrier conduct a drill in an area of South China Sea

China may be in the midst of one of the dumbest military moves of the 21st century if its own rhetoric on naval warfare is to be trusted.
China regularly threatens the US aircraft carriers with its so-called “carrier killer” missiles, but the US recently withdrew from an arms treaty that banned it from creating similar missiles.
China reportedly plans to try to catch up to the US by building a new fleet of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers.
The US has decades of experience on China in that department, and could potentially build “carrier killers” of its own.

China may be in the midst of one of the dumbest military moves of the 21st century if its own rhetoric on naval warfare is to be trusted.

China has been touting its ability to sink America’s carriers to negate the US’s military edge, which has left defense experts scratching their heads about why China is now talking about building its own carrier fleet that would be highly susceptible to the same kind of attack, but by the US.

Beijing is currently building and modernizing a navy to rival the US’s as tensions heat up over the South China Sea, but China falls far behind in one area: aircraft carriers.

To remedy this, China bought a Soviet-built aircraft carrier and its plans and has built a second one borrowing from the old Soviet design.

But these carriers mostly make sense for coastal defense, and not blue-water power projection like US aircraft carriers, which are nuclear-powered and can sail around the world indefinitely.

Recently, Wang Yunfei, a naval expert and retired naval officer in China’s People’s Liberation Army, told the South China Morning Post that Beijing would build four nuclear-powered aircraft carriers in addition to the current two conventionally fueled carriers they’re building now in a bid to catch up with the US.

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According to Wang, China would put the goal of catching the US military in carrier capability at almost any cost.

“The country needs to keep developing until it is at the same level as the United States,” he said.

But according to Bryan McGrath, founding managing director of The FerryBridge Group LLC, a naval consultancy, China pushing for more carriers, by its own logic, represents one of the dumbest ideas he’s ever heard.

China frequently threatens to sink US aircraft carriers that near its waters.

A Chinese rear admiral who holds an academic rank shaping military theory, recently suggested that Beijing break the US’s spirit by sinking an aircraft carrier or two.

A People’s Liberation Army Air Force colonel commandant suggested in December that China’s navy should ram US warships sailing in the international waterway.

China backed up these threats be deploying the DF-26, a missile purpose-built to destroy US aircraft carriers, to its northwest region where it’s safely out of US carrier striking range but still able to reach the ultra-valuable naval formations.

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Source:: Business Insider


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