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The Prophetic Messenger - May/June 2023 - The China Threat - Revisited - Part IV

The Prophetic Messenger

A Newsletter From Mysteries From The Word Of God Ministries
May/June 2023 - Volume 25, Issue 3

The China Threat - Revisited - Part IV

"For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape." I Thessalonians 5:3

In this article, we will continue to look at the nation of China and their future threat to the United States.

3. China Building Up Military

China has been building up its military for a future war with the United States over Taiwan through help from Russia and through huge trade with the United States and other nations.

An article titled "Russia Helping Chinese to Superpower Status", subtitled "Moscow Assists Neighbor with Commerce, Military, Space program"(Note 8) says

"China is on its way to becoming the world's next military superpower, thanks to Russian technology and assistance, and could be the first nation to build a moon-based space station. The Hong Kong Sunday Morning Post reported June 8 that 'a new colossus may be forming in the east as Russia and China edge toward a symbiotic relationship that could create the world's next economic, military and space-faring superpower.' In signaling the importance of Beijing's relationship with Moscow, Chinese President Hu Jintao used his first trip abroad to visit Russia, during which he signed a number of far-reaching agreements in energy, space engineering, arms supplies and regional security..........Meanwhile, Russia continues to aid China's military modernization effort. Beijing signed a $1.6 billion deal in May 2002 to buy eight Russian Kilo-class diesel-electric submarines, one of the quietest subs in the world. Construction of the first two subs recently got underway at the Sevmash defense industry shipyards in Severodvinsk; the other six are to be completed by 2005, ITAR-TASS reported. Additionally, in January, China agreed to buy two more Russian-built Sovremenny-class destroyers. Beijing bought two others in 1997 for $1 billion, and Moscow delivered in 1999 and 2000."

Another article titled "China Successfully Tests Multi-Warhead Missiles"(Note 9) says

"China successfully test- launched a medium-range missile with multiple warheads in December 2002, indicating a rapid modernization of China's nuclear missile capability aimed at countering the U.S. missile defense network planned for the region, sources said Friday. The launching of the Dong Feng-21 (DF-21), with a target range of about 1,800 kilometers, was the first successful test launch of the missile with multiple warheads for China. According to the sources, the launch was carried out in mid-December at a Second Artillery Corp's base of the People's Liberation Army in Shanxi Province, China........China has been trying to quickly develop a multiple-warhead missile system to counter the missile defense network being pursued by the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush on the U.S. mainland and in east Asia and to deter U.S. military pressure, Chinese diplomatic sources said. China maintains two major types of missiles as a deterrence to U.S. military force. They are intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), which include the U.S. mainland in their target range, and medium-range missiles, designed to contain U.S. military intervention in Taiwan. The DF-21 is categorized as a medium-range missile. About 50 DF-21s have been deployed in China since the 1980s. If the MIRV missiles are deployed, they could help to deter U.S. mobile forces on aircraft carriers near Taiwan. According to the sources, Beijing will begin deploying the DF-31--a new type of ICBM with a target range of about 8,000 kilometers--by this summer at the earliest. Three test launches of the ICBM have been carried out so far."

In another article titled "Pentagon Says China Refitting Missiles to Hit Okinawa"(Note 10) says

"China is modifying short-range mobile missiles to target U.S. forces in Okinawa and is sharply increasing the number of missiles aimed at Taiwan, according to the Pentagon's latest annual report on Chinese military power. 'Beijing has greatly expanded its arsenal of increasingly accurate and lethal ballistic missiles and long-range strike aircraft that are ready for immediate application should the [People ́s Liberation Army] be called upon to conduct war before its modernization aspirations are fully realized,' according to the report released yesterday. The Chinese are working on a medium-range missile that will give Beijing the ability to launch attacks against the 25,000 U.S. troops deployed on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa. The new missiles also will be able to hit Taiwan from bases farther inland from the Chinese coast, the report said........ The new CSS-6s will 'employ satellite-aided navigation to enable attacks against both Okinawa and Taiwan.' China now has deployed 450 short-range missiles and the force will grow by more than 75 missiles a year, the report said........Regarding the threat to Taiwan, the report states that China could use 'decapitation' attacks against the island using missiles, aircraft or an amphibious assault. 'China's efforts to develop coercive military options present challenges not only to Taiwan, but also to other countries in the region such as the Philippines and Japan,' the report said. China also is beefing up its long-range nuclear missiles........The report also warns that China is building up its "information warfare" forces in preparation for a conflict over Taiwan, which President Bush has vowed to defend from Chinese attack. Beijing has adopted a new strategy of what Beijing military planners call 'assassin's mace' arms -- advanced weapons designed for use against U.S. forces. Current 'assassins maces' that could trump advanced U.S. weapons include fighter bombers, submarines, antiship missiles, and mines that could attack U.S. aircraft carriers. 'Chinese doctrine continues to emphasize surprise, deception, and shock effect in the opening phase of a campaign,' the report said........China continues to build up its military in utmost secrecy. Its military spending is estimated to be many times greater than the official estimate of $20 billion annually, the report said."

In another article titled “Navy Chief Calls China The Greatest Threat, Proposes More Warships”(Note 11) says

“Oct. 14 (UPI) -- China is the United States' greatest military threat, requiring more agile and better armed warships, Adm. Mike Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations, said this week in a speech. Gilday was the keynote speaker on Tuesday at a virtual ‘State of Defense’ conference, and cautioned that the balance of maritime power could shift toward China in the next ten years. ’Specifically, China is the strategic threat to this country,’ he said before offering additional details of a U.S. military plan he disclosed in March, calling for smaller and less expensive, but more heavily armed, guided missile destroyers than the latest Zumwalt-class Navy vessels. He added that a more unified approach by service branches is required, as well as new principles of design and planning, to deter China.”
Note 8: https://tinyurl.com/yxplvuo5
Note 9: https://tinyurl.com/y2d8psj9
Note 10: https://tinyurl.com/y2p685yp
Note 11: https://tinyurl.com/y42gue9t

Coming Up In The Next Issue

The China Threat - Revisited - Part V. Read this article in the next issue of The Prophetic Messenger.

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