Rear Admiral Lou Yuan, deputy head of
the Chinese Academy of Military Sciences told an audience at a Chinese
military-industrial conference that the only way to resolve the South East
China Sea dispute is to sink two US aircraft carriers.
“This would kill 10,000 American
sailors. What the United States fears the most is taking casualties,” said Lou.
“We’ll see how frightened America is.”
During his speech last year, Lou
discussed the “five cornerstones of the United States” which are open to
exploitation: their military, their money, their talent, their voting system —
and their fear of adversaries.
Admiral Lou, who holds an academic
military rank in shaping military theory— not a service role — said China
should “use its strength to attack the enemy’s shortcomings. Attack wherever
the enemy is afraid of being hit. Wherever the enemy is weak …”
Lou said that China is well equipped
with missiles that can destroy the US carriers and their escorts, however,
these weapons have not been tested in war.
Whether China is equipped or not with
weapons to do what Lou declared, the real issue here is that sinking US
carriers would be a clear declaration of war.
Does he think Washington would not
respond to such an act? We all know what
happened after Pearl Harbor and 9/11.
David Gompert–formerly the
second-highest-ranking intelligence official in the Obama Administration said
that China is very concerned about a long war in which the technically advanced
U.S. forces would prevail.
For Gompert, this is the reason why China
would most likely prefer a strategy of taking out U.S carriers, air bases, and
command and control networks plus satellites by using early and swift strikes.
Gompert stressed that the
narrative of impeding war has resulted in crisis instability between the United
States and China. The situation may already be at a tipping point or a hair trigger away from
happening and thus, should be addressed immediately.