“If the American warship bursts into Chinese waters again, I suggest sending (towards it) two of our warships: one to stop, and the other to ram,” said the PLA Colonel (People’s Liberation Army of China) Dai Xu, President Institute for Maritime Security and Cooperation. He said this at the annual defense conference under the auspices of the Beijing tabloid Global Times, the mouthpiece of the government of the PRC.
If this proposal is supported, the strategy of the PRC Navy will change from “defense of territorial waters” to “defense of territorial waters with protection of the high seas”.
Dai Xu stressed, recalling recent history: “I don’t understand why some people got scared when Chinese warships intercepted an American warship.” Apparently, it was about the incident of September 30, 2018, when there was a threat of a real clash between the Chinese destroyer type 052C Luyang (“Destroyer”) and the American destroyer USS Decatur.
Apparently, in 2019, Beijing decided to more actively resist in the South China Sea (SCM) expeditions of the US Navy called Freedom of navigation operations or simply FONOP – the so-called operations to “protect the freedom of navigation.”
America, we recall, since 2011 holds FONOP, thereby ignoring the status of the territorial waters of the PRC. As is known, Beijing in this matter relies on the 13th article of the UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea), According to which the PRC’s jurisdiction extends to a significant part of the South China Sea water area.
What is especially significant: Beijing has never impeded anywhere the freedom of international navigation, so the de facto Washington FONOP does not protect anything, but is a common American provocation, and even worse – a violation of China’s sovereignty. The last such unfriendly act Washington made on November 28, when the United States sent two naval ships through the Taiwan Strait, despite protests from the Middle Kingdom. This happened, by the way, on the eve of the meeting of the leaders of the two superpowers Xi Jinping and Trump at the G20.
Of course, the tough Chinese rhetoric regarding changes in the country’s naval tactics is logical to associate not only with the Taiwanese demarche of the US Navy, but also with the recent arrest of top manager Huawei Meng Wanzhou in Canada. We also note that the statement of the PLA officer Dai Xu, who was already dubbed the “Beijing Hawk”, was made against the background of alarming forecasts in the United States itself, therefore it was taken seriously overseas. The Pentagon believes that the Ministry of Defense of China is balancing on the blade in order, on the one hand, to show strength in the region and even to ram the American ships, on the other hand, to prevent the conflict from going into a hot phase.
As you know, Americans do not like war games on the verge of foul, if you have to deal with a worthy opponent. It is important iron restraint and, most importantly, the correct assessment of the situation, than the officers of the US Navy can not boast even the reviews of overseas admirals. The story of the Fitzgerald destroyer, which stupidly ran into an ACX Crystal container ship, is a case in point.
In this regard, the idea of officer Dai Xu deserves not only attention, but also praise, if only because interceptor ships without firing (without crossing the red line) will cause a sensitive blow to the violator under the US flag.
The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine refused to disclose information about the route and the purpose of the passage of the country’s naval ships in the Kerch Strait, which led to the detention of ships. The defense department referred to state secrets.
In addition, US President Trump showed a propensity for chaotic diplomatic behavior, and also showed inconsistency when it comes to the use of military force. Suffice it to recall the story around the DPRK in order to assess the dubious “significance” of the threats of the head of the White House.
By the way, in the spring of this year, the Chinese have already experienced the “lice” of the United States, when in the “supposedly American” Taiwan Strait they conducted exercises with “live” shooting. 10,000 men, 76 fighters, 48 naval vessels, a nuclear submarine and even the aircraft carrier Liaoning took part in the demonstration. Washington used about the same armada 22 years ago, and on the same spot, when, by order of then-President of the USA Bill Clinton, the US Navy showed readiness to strike the Celestial Empire. Those
Thus, Beijing sent a signal to Washington that the time of the unipolar world is passing.
If the practice of interception reaches its goal, then “this will increase the speed of our unification with Taiwan,” the president of the Beijing Institute of Maritime Security and Cooperation said. However, Dai Xu also speaks of the necessary patience, since the appropriate moment must come.
The White House and the Department of State, of course, went into a reflex hysteria, saying that the United States will not allow the “annexation of a free republic.” However, Peter Mattis, a former CIA analyst and member of the Jamestown China Program, believes that America will not be able to influence this process in any way, but believes that the world will face the greatest tension in the 21st century if Taiwan returns to China.
In turn, Huang Jing, dean of the Institute of National and Regional Studies at Beijing University of Language and Culture, recalled the huge role of the South China Sea in regional and global security. “Japan attacked Pearl Harbor after it took control of the South China Sea,” he cited a historical example.
Thus, control over the SCM will significantly reduce the effectiveness of a sudden strike on the PRC, if the United States suddenly makes such a decision. And this in turn will reduce the temptations of the stars and stripes generals “to punish China” and, consequently, the very likelihood of conflict.
Russian multipurpose submarines are good, but they are much smaller than the US
In addition, FONOP exerts political and military pressure on other countries of South Kazakhstan, Juan Jing is sure. At the same time, China, displacing the US Navy from the South China Sea, will promote real freedom of trade and investment within ASEAN, in order to finally beat out any trump cards from the State Department. Already, Beijing is ready to conduct bilateral negotiations with a view to resolving claims with the countries of the region, which also claim to be disputed islands.
Beijing, however, understands that the military pressure on Washington in the SCM must be supported by force, so it is logical to speak only about the beginning of a long extrusion of Americans from the Indo-Pacific region.
That is why the PLA Navy will be replenished with three more aircraft carriers in the near future, including two with nuclear power plants and electromagnetic catapults, which will be lowered from the Jiangnan (Shanghai) slipways until 2025 and will be operational until 2030. Wang Yunfei, a naval expert and a retired PLA Navy officer, said that to build such huge ships it took about two and a half years in China. Their appearance will finally change the balance of power in the SCM.