China’s New Way of War: More Than About Missiles Display

More than missiles, the display revealed a nation seeking to supplant U.S. as the dominant military and technological power in the Asia-Pacific region.

DESPARDES — A carefully choreographed parade by China on October 1 coinciding with 70th anniversary celebration of its founding, provide clues about its emerging warfighting doctrine.

The drill reveals a nation seeking to supplant the United States as the dominant military and technological power in the Asia-Pacific region.

Dominant capabilities displayed in the parade included: Augmenting its precision-guided strike complex with improved ISR capabilities; Disrupting U.S. communication and information networks, threatening U.S. situational awareness and precision targeting; Holding U.S. and allied forces in the Asia-Pacific at risk with maneuvering munitions that challenge existing U.S. air and missile defenses; Increasing undersea situational awareness, and challenging the dominance of U.S. submarines.

According to a Pakistani defense expert, these are significant characteristics of important missile systems put on display by Beijing.

“I think the relative ascent and decent of China and USA respectively has already crossed the point of no return.”

According to the expert (who spoke on condition of anonymity), “The only vulnerability, which US can exploit is the ongoing political instability in Hong Kong and its possible spread into mainland China( though the possibility is extremely remote).”

In his view, “we are witnessing the handshake between 20th century and 21st century dominant power.”

A latest analysis by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) considers the display to be a preview of China’s “new way of war”.

“China’s messaging around the procession emphasized China’s focus on “informationized armed forces” and attaining technological dominance,” it said. Read all of it here…