(NationalSentinel) During his campaign, then-GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump promised that part of his “Make America Great Again” pledge included rebuilding a badly abused and overused U.S. military, including upgrading our nuclear arsenal.
This is important because the purpose of upgrading our arsenal–which has been taking place steadily in recent years–means there will beÂ less of a chance that we’ll have to use it.
Confused? Don’t be; what Trump and his national security team aim to do with a military buildup and the continuance of nuclear weaponsÂ advancementÂ is to make the American militaryÂ so lethal that mutually assured destruction (MAD), which kept fingersÂ off nuclear triggers in the Cold War, will once again become a majorÂ deterrent.
But our new adversary isn’t our old one, it’s China.
While MoscowÂ has been upgrading its nuclear arsenal as well, so has Beijing. And today, by far, the Chinese pose a much more dire threat today than does Russia, especially because of Beijing’s aggressiveness in the South China Sea and its new push to project power and become the world’s leader, ostensibly as the United States ‘declines’ (which happened under Obama but which isÂ not the foreign policy strategy of the Trump administration).
China has made its displeasure over Trump’s pronouncements of reworking economic and trade deals while being critical not of the Chinese, per se, but of past American leaders’ inability to deal with China effectively and not allow Beijing to take advantage of a U.S. market it so desperately needs for its economy to thrive. This displeasure was on display, literally, in recent days, timed to coincide with Trump’s inauguration.
China is wasting no time to project power in a world in which it believes Donald Trump’s “America First” doctrine has created a “superpower vacuum.”Â
One day after a seniorÂ Chinese diplomat said on MondayÂ that Beijing is prepared to “assume a role of world leadership if others step back from that position” after U.S. President Donald Trump pledged in his first speech to put â€œAmerica firstâ€, Beijing has reportedly deployed an advanced Dongfeng-41 ICBM system in Heilongjiang Province, which borders with Russia.
AccordingÂ to China’s nationalist Global Times tabloid, “the Chinese military intentionally revealed the Dongfeng-41 and connected it with the inauguration of US President Donald Trump. They think this is Beijing’s response to Trump’s provocative remarks on China.”
The Global Times added that â€œpictures of China’s Dongfeng-41 ballistic missile were exposed on Chinese mainland websites,â€ citing reports in â€œsome Hong Kong and Taiwan media.â€ One of the reports was identified as the Apple Daily, another tabloid-style resource based ot of Hong Kong,Â according to RT. â€œIt was revealed that the pictures were taken in Heilongjiang Province. Military analysts believe that this is perhaps the second Dongfeng-41 strategic missile brigade and it should be deployed in northeastern China,â€Â the report in the Chinese newspaper notes.
The Chinese media isÂ not independent; it serves the government as a propaganda tool and as a means of expressing the government’s viewpoints without actual attribution to particular government officials. So when Chinese media saber rattles, it’s doing so as an official organ of the government.
Plus, for all its shortfalls in military technology, missile technology is a strong suit for the Chinese. The Dong Feng 41 is a no-joke, serious-as-hell weapon that is extremely capable and, being road-mobile, difficult to locate and destroy. Couple China’s ICBM development, it’s aggressiveness in the South China Sea, one of theÂ world’s largest trade routes, and its believe that the U.S. is “declining,” and it all adds up to an effort by the Chinese to alter the global order.
The Trump team will send messages of their own to Beijing with serious efforts to rebuild the U.S. military whileÂ continuingÂ to advanceÂ military technologyÂ thatÂ keeps us years ahead of the Chinese in capability. Upgrading our nuclear arsenal, as the Chinese are doing with theirs, isÂ smart because that’s the only strategy that will prevent Beijing–like it prevented the USSR during the Cold War–from misjudging the U.S. as a power in decline.