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What a Chinese admiral gets wrong about ‘sinking two U.S. Navy aircraft carriers’

To one admiral in the Chinese navy, allowing Beijing to get the upper hand in Asia it seems like such an easy strategy.

Just sink two American aircraft carriers while killing up to 10,000 sailors and Marines, and that will be more than enough to chase Washington out of the South and East China Seas for good.

Problem solved: China reigns supreme for decades to come, free to dominate the region while putting the U.S. in decline.

Australia’s noted:

They’re the pride of the US fleet: enormous 100,000 tonne, 333m long nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. But Beijing thinks they’re Washington’s Achilles heel.

Rear Admiral Lou Yuan has told an audience in Shenzhen that the ongoing disputes over the ownership of the East and South China Seas could be resolved by sinking two US supercarriers.

Taiwan’s Central News Agency (CNA) reports Admiral Lou gave a wide-ranging speech on the state of Sino-US relations. The high-profile, hawkish military commentator reportedly declared the current trade spat was “definitely not simply friction over economics and trade,” but was instead a “prime strategic issue”.

His speech, delivered on December 20 to the 2018 Military Industry List summit, declared that China’s new and highly capable anti-ship ballistic and cruise missiles were more than capable of hitting US carriers, despite them being at the center of a ‘bubble’ of defensive escorts.

“What the United States fears the most is taking casualties,” Admiral Lou declared.

He said the loss of one super carrier would cost the US the lives of 5,000 service men and women. Sinking two would double that toll.

“We’ll see how frightened America is.”

As deputy chief of the Chinese Academy of Military Sciences, Lou is no mid-ranking naval officer popping off his mouth. He’s an official within the Chinese navy that Beijing listens to. And believes.

But in terms of how he views American resolve, he could not be more wrong.

Let’s review American reactions to crises over the years to get a better feel for how we might react if the Chinese were dumb enough to follow through on Lou’s ‘recommendation.’

1898: Americans rallied after the USS Maine was reportedly attacked in Havana harbor and destroyed. There on a friendly visit to protect American interests as a revolt against Spanish rule began, a naval board of inquiry determined that the battleship had been struck by a Spanish mine. Most Americans and nearly all of Congress supported the subsequent declaration of war.

1917: America declared war on Germany and the Axis in 1917 after Berlin’s resumption of submarine attacks on passenger and merchant ships in 1917 became the primary motivation behind Wilson’s decision to lead the United States into World War I.

1941: Japan’s biggest mistake of World War II was launching a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Congress couldn’t declare war fast enough and millions of Americans swamped to recruiting offices to enlist. Four years later, Japan — and Germany — lay in ruins.

2001: The world of Islamic terrorism unleashed hell on earth after a faction of operatives belonging to Al Qaeda brought down two buildings in New York City and attacked the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

If China — or any other nation — were to attack and/or destroy a pair of U.S. aircraft carriers, history shows that Americans would unite against a common enemy, for if there is one thing we won’t accept, that is defeat.

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