Chinese possess missiles capable of sinking aircraft carriers
It had to happen. Carriers are highly vulnerable, though modern defense technology protects them very well. The Chinese believe they need the missile in the event that the USA and its extended fleet somehow get caught up in combat with them.
What are the possibilities?
North Korea and Taiwan are two potential sources. In one instance the USA is protecting a small island that China claims to be its own. In the other case, rogue North Korea with a long history of support for China continues to threaten the democratic and free South Korea.
I write frequently about clearly defining enemies of the USA because I believe precise definition may rule out nations like China.
The first thing to do is to declare that the USA is not at war with communism and socialism. It is at war with dictatorial and military governments that deny freedom and liberty for its citizens.
Democratically elected governments are not enemies of the USA unless a leader undermines the process through corruption or military overthrow.
China has the largest population of any nation on earth. India too has a very large population. Governments dealing with very large and diverse populations have problems and needs of greater scale than that which we have in the USA. Therefore, some latitude must be considered for governments having to manage the scope and scale of public needs. Governments like people have different ideas about how to manage. Differences must be respected.
That means some degree in compromise may be necessary while the USA holds up its ideal and standard for democracy.
What undermines America’s values most is its propensity for war and imposition of influence in the world. While military defense is a necessity, protracted expansionism in the form of imperialist behavior detracts from our sincere interest in advancing human freedom and liberty.
“Chinese 'Carrier-Killer' Missile Could Reshape Sea Combat
Published August 06, 2010
China is developing an unprecedented new missile that is designed to be launched from land with enough accuracy to penetrate the defenses of even the most advanced moving aircraft carrier from a distance of more than 900 miles, sources say.
Initial reports on the new missile suggest it could reshape conflicts at sea, but U.S. weapons experts told FoxNews.com that it's no game-changer, nor a revolutionary threat to America's aircraft carriers -- which are the center of U.S. Pacific defense strategy.
"Some have called it a game-changer. I would dispute that claim," said Toshi Yoshihara, an associate professor at the U.S. Naval War College.
When complete, the Dong Feng 21D -- a version of which was displayed last year in a Chinese military parade -- would give China the ability to reach and hit U.S. aircraft carriers well before the U.S. can get close enough to the mainland to hit back.
A nuclear bomb could theoretically sink a carrier, too, assuming its sender was willing to raise the stakes to atomic levels. The conventionally armed DF 21D's uniqueness is its ability to hit a powerfully defended moving target with pinpoint precision.
"The emerging Chinese anti-ship missile capability, and in particular the DF 21D, represents the first post-Cold War capability that is both potentially capable of stopping our naval power projection -- and deliberately designed for that purpose," said Patrick Cronin, senior director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the nonpartisan, Washington-based Center for a New American Security.
Details of the missile are still unknown, and the county has yet to test the system. Yoshihara said China would need to rely on a range of technologies to track boats and guide the warhead to a moving target like a carrier.
"There would be several layers of sensors, including over-the-horizon radar, which would help track surface units. They also have airborne sensors to look out into the Pacific, as well as space-based satellites to track a strike group." Three layers of targets would provide a very accurate snapshot with which to precisely guide a missile.”