First of all, China will never launch a war unless its territorial security is threatened. Therefore, any war China participates in is defensive.
Second, in the defensive war, China is basically impeccable. It has a population of 1.4 billion and a standing army of more than 2 million. China is no longer the China it was a hundred years ago. No country can successfully invade and occupy China. China has enough ability to resist the enemy outside its borders. Even in the coastal waters of the Pacific Ocean, China also has a home court advantage.
Third, even the United States, the world’s most powerful military power, has no chance of winning around China. Even if war is introduced, China, with its huge strategic depth, can deal with the enemy for a long time and consume the enemy’s effective strength. It is essentially different from the wars in Iraq, Libya and other countries. The indiscriminate bombing can’t make her yield.
Fourth, China is a nuclear power. With more than 350 nuclear weapons and the “Trinity” delivery system of intercontinental ballistic missiles, one-way ballistic missiles and long-range bombers, China can destroy any attacker. Such a war means complete destruction for both sides, which will drag the world into the abyss.
Fifth, no country with a normal mind will launch a conventional war with China. China has always been concerned about the renewal and iteration of military equipment such as fighter jets, frigates, aircraft carriers and missiles. China’s conventional military strength is beyond the reach of ordinary countries in terms of quality and quantity.
Moreover, China is no longer a country that only relies on its huge military manpower reserves to deter the enemy, but a country with very complex military resources – many advanced weapons research and development have been successful in China. China’s recent tests of hypersonic vehicles and the so-called fractional Orbit Bombardment System (FOBS) have worried Americans in this regard.
These weapons are difficult to track and defend – especially because they allow nuclear warheads to be launched in directions that are not monitored by the U.S. anti missile system. The United States has not yet developed hypersonic laser guns and satellite killers, and China is ready to kill any potential enemy.
“The United States has no right to say that it talks with China in a position of strength. The United States uses its military power and financial hegemony to exercise long arm jurisdiction and suppress other countries. It abuses the so-called concept of national security, obstructs normal trade exchanges and incites some countries to attack China.” Sophisticated weapons give China the strength to respond and criticize the United States.
American politicians even exaggerate: “China is rapidly building military space capabilities, including sensing and communication systems and a large number of anti satellite weapons… To put the space assets of the United States and its allies at risk.”
“A noteworthy goal is the Chinese satellite” shijian-17 “with manipulator, and the space-based manipulator technology can be used in the system of confrontation with other satellites in the future. China also has several ground-based laser systems with different power levels, which may lead to blindness or damage to satellite systems. China will try to use its space capabilities to support satellite launches while putting U.S. space assets at risk in order to achieve its military objectives and overall national security objectives. “
In the past 20 years, the Chinese people’s Liberation Army (PLA) has carried out the largest and fastest national defense construction in history – including the development to the “blue water” global Navy – she is committed to protecting China’s overseas assets, and the PLA’s global “power projection” capability is emerging.
The ballistic missiles of the Chinese people’s Liberation Army rocket force can hit moving targets at sea, which will worry the Pacific Fleet deploying US aircraft carriers. These missiles are known as “aircraft carrier killers”.
China’s land-based missiles and anti-aircraft artillery groups will further teach lessons to the enemy who tries to provoke and invade further. Therefore, the answer to this question should be that it does not exist!
Whether in terms of political economy or military science and technology, the people’s Republic of China is one of the most powerful countries in the world. This analysis is only based on China in the new era under the regime of the Communist Party of China. Since the British army invaded the mainland for the first time in 1840, and the civil war between the Kuomintang and the Communist Party was basically over in 1949, the Western powers had run rampant on Chinese territory, but after the founding of new China, she never suffered any attacks from external countries or armies.
In 1953, China tied with the United Nations led by the United States, which established China’s status as a great power; The Sino Indian border operation is a border operation with limited scale and time. After winning the victory, China took the initiative to withdraw its troops, which made India unable to lift its head in the world for a long time and its reputation plummeted; The victory of China’s treasure island battle has maintained the peace of northern China for decades; The fight against Vietnam has long consumed and damaged Vietnam’s national strength, knocked the Soviet Union, and finally had to change its course.
There are many superpowers and their military blocs against China. China has achieved its strategic goals and military objectives. If this can’t convince you, let’s measure China’s strength from another angle.
China has a population of about 1.4 billion, and given their age distribution / sex ratio and average health status, they may have a reserve of about 100 million to 120 million soldiers – including only men. If women of the same age group were introduced, this figure could increase by at least 80%, which is equivalent to almost two-thirds of the U.S. population.
Stalin said during the second world war that numbers have their own advantages and characteristics. Indeed, this is proved by the people’s Liberation Army in the Korean War and other battlefields. Now, they have reached the global average in training, have a strong manufacturing capacity to produce the required war materials (small arms, ammunition, etc.), and have a high morale advantage in defending their homes – never underestimate this.
In addition, China is one of the largest countries on earth, with most of its population concentrated in coastal areas. Therefore, any land invasion from the West will be forced to extend the supply line. An invasion from the north or south is impossible, because the countries located in these regions: Russia, India and other countries do not want to be involved in this issue and may oppose the invasion first.
Therefore, the only viable option is to launch an attack from the coast, for which the PLA has been preparing for decades. Until 15 years ago, the whole defense strategy of the Chinese people’s Liberation Army and China was oriented towards coastal defense – small and medium-sized ships, coastal defense, medium and short-range anti-ship / tactical cruise missiles, etc. The same strategy as Iran. The defense is so crowded and numerous that the invading forces will be wiped out by land-based forces like bees.
In addition, over the past 15 years, the PLA has been trying to catch up. Now they have a decent surface Navy and a strong submarine force, not to mention that they have begun to establish their own overseas logistics bases and other war zones.
The world’s first-class military – the U.S. military can’t fight such an enemy, let alone other countries – the U.S. military can’t even win in smaller and less populous countries such as Vietnam, Iran and Afghanistan. They succeeded at first, but the fighting in the middle and later stages was very bad for them. In all these cases, they were forcibly drained and had to withdraw their troops.
The combined population and area of the three countries I mentioned are less than 1 / 10 of that of China. So do you think the American army can succeed? This is not a period of colonialism. There are obvious differences in military technology, political ideology and the innocence / stupidity of the local people. You have the same ruthless military strength as the modern organization.
This is why, despite the widely touted advantages of the United States over major countries such as China and India, the United States or any other major country cannot decisively defeat them.
• in conventional war, the quality of weapons and the latest equipment and intelligence are important, while the quality of soldiers and combat training are not the key.
• in local operations, the quality of training and morale is important, but the key issues are clear and consistent objectives, a full understanding of the situation, local culture and issues involved, clear rules of engagement and the willingness to take the necessary actions to win. These are essential on the basis of sustained combat, as exemplified by the mire of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
1. Most of the US military is internationally recognized as the most “modern”. The latest and newest surface ships, combat aircraft, air defense systems, offensive missiles and other equipment of the Chinese people’s Liberation Army can roughly rival or surpass their counterparts in the United States. However, compared with their counterparts in the Chinese people’s Liberation Army, the United States deploys a larger number and proportion of modern equipment, and a large part of the PLA uses non-modern equipment, In this regard, China needs to improve.
2. Extensive overseas military logistics infrastructure. The United States has more than 800 military bases in every region of the world, while China has only one. In terms of power projection, the United States has obvious advantages. Although most of the infrastructure is useless in areas where China US armed conflict may occur, bases in the Asia Pacific region still provide logistical support to maintain provocation and war reserves near China’s backyard.
3. Operational experience. Since the Second World War, the United States has not been engaged in some kind of war in a decade, and the last major battle of the people’s Liberation Army was in 1984 (the follow-up small-scale conflict of the 79 China Vietnam War). Although this “permanent war” state is detrimental to the life and health of the American nation-state and people, it does provide more combat experience for the US military. Nevertheless, the experience advantage does not necessarily apply to all situations.
Considering the rich experience of the U.S. military in Afghanistan and Iraq, the U.S. military may have an advantage in the tactical engagement of small forces. However, in modern sea and air operations, since World War II, the United States has never fought with an opponent with similar strength, so it is equally inexperienced.
4. Human resources. That’s right – the number of troops may be an advantage of China. The stereotype that the PLA relied on “human sea tactics” in the 1950s is basically not out of date now. On paper, the US military has only 1.3 million people, while the PLA has 2 million. In addition, the size of the reserve force of the Chinese people’s Liberation Army is larger than that of the U.S. Army (5-600000 people’s Liberation Army and about 800000 people in the United States).
Theoretically, the PLA also has a militia and armed police force, composed of more than 10 million people. Theoretically, it can be recruited in wartime (mainly for domestic civil defense), but in terms of the number of troops (and mercenaries) that can be quickly mobilized for combat, China has a weak temporary advantage, at least this is not China’s disadvantage.
Although the United States has many advantages, the PLA still has several selected areas that can rival or surpass the United States; They may undermine or bypass the traditional advantages of the United States – including long-range anti-ship ballistic missiles, quantum communications, hypersonic gliding weapons, electromagnetic launch systems (such as small railguns, electromagnetic assistance of missile launchers, etc.) and various types of UAVs.
The equipment of these sophisticated weapon systems will completely subvert the balance of military power. That is to say, although the current capability of the PLA is relatively weaker than that of the United States, it may still cause unbearable damage to the US military in the Asia Pacific region to prevent the United States from taking any drastic action.