U.S. military proposes one Pacific deterrence initiative to intimidate China with $20 billion

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 U.S. military proposes one Pacific deterrence initiative to intimidate China with $20 billion


According to the article, the plan is the most wasteful, most counterproductive and most provocative plan that American legislators can find against China.

So far, the new cold war campaign against China has mostly been verbal, the article said. The United States did not increase its forces in Eastern Europe as it did during the real cold war. But PDI may change the situation.

The Pacific deterrence initiative has two matrixes

The Pacific deterrence initiative criticized by CNN is a separate provision against China in the defense authorization act of fiscal year 2021 passed by the US Senate Military Committee on June 11.

According to this provision, the United States will establish the Pacific deterrence initiative fund. Specifically, it authorized $1.4 billion in fiscal year 2021 and $5.5 billion in fiscal year 2022. The purpose is to ensure that the United States has sufficient strategic resources and military capabilities in the Indo Pacific region to deal with the so-called Chinese military threat.

The Pacific deterrence initiative does not appear out of thin air. There are mother parent and maternal parent. Mother parent is a report entitled regaining superiority submitted to Congress by Phil Davidson, commander of the U.S. Indian Pacific Command, in March this year. The report suggests that the Pacific deterrence initiative should be implemented in the Indian Pacific region in the next six years, with an additional investment of $1.6 billion in fiscal year 2021 and another $18.46 billion in fiscal year 2022-2026, with a total investment of about $20 billion.

Mother parent is the defense strategy full of Cold War color issued by trump government in January 2018, which makes coping with the long-term competition with China and Russia as the primary task, and at the same time, it has defined six major areas for US military deployment, among which India and the Pacific region rank first. This report announced the start of military reform in the trump era.

Military reform means that different services and units compete for military expenditure cake. Since the focus of the trump administration is on the confrontation between the great powers in the Indo Pacific region, it is dozing off and giving a pillow to the US military Indo Pacific Command. Naturally, the lion should open its mouth and come up with a most wasteful plan.

How to waste 20 billion dollars

According to the U.S. Indian Pacific Commands regaining superiority report, of the 20 billion US dollars, 5.85 billion US dollars will be used to deploy a joint combat force with precision strike Network and strong survivability in the islands of the Western Pacific region. These include:

Land based anti-ship and air defense missile systems are deployed in the first island chain;

The integrated air defense and anti missile system is deployed in the second island chain;

The US $1 billion deployment of sea strike Tomahawk and extended range joint defense zone outer space to ground missile;

US $185 million for the deployment of high frequency radar systems in Palau islands;

Spend $1 billion to deploy homeland defense radar in Hawaii to detect ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and hypersonic weapons;

1.9 billion US dollars to build space-based continuous sensors for tracking global threats, etc.

Looking at these spending plans, we can roughly see the following changes: from the centralized use of large military bases in the past to the decentralized deployment of combat forces, anti-ship and air defense missile systems, with the aim of improving the situation of active and passive defense.

High frequency radar system is deployed in Palau islands because Palau islands and surrounding areas are one of the portals of the Pacific Ocean to Southeast Asia.

Since Kiribati broke off diplomatic relations with Taiwan, the United States and Taiwan have been worried about the loss of Palau islands and other strategic points. The deployment of homeland defense radar in Hawaii to detect hypersonic weapons is related to the fact that the United States lags behind China and Russia in the development of hypersonic weapons.

In other words, the US militarys plan of landing on the west side of the Pacific Ocean is to maintain the superiority of the US Armys plan of landing on the west side of the sea and the air, and to maintain the superiority of the US military in the West.

Its an illusion to try to intimidate China with an additional $20 billion

Although the Pacific deterrence initiative of the US military seems to be the same thing, on the whole, the whole plan seems to be suffering from persecution fantasy.

First of all, no country has said that it wants to take the Indo Pacific region as its sphere of influence. The US military has established 514 military bases overseas, and more than 40% of them are deployed in Japan, South Korea, Singapore and the Philippines. With these military presence, the United States has repeatedly intervened in the normal sovereignty requirements of countries in the region. It is self-evident that who is the security risk factor in the Indo Pacific region.

(function(){( window.slotbydup=window .slotbydup||[]).push({id:u5811557,container:ssp_ 5811557, async:true }Second, additional US $20 billion will not help. The Pacific deterrence initiative is similar to the European deterrence initiative (EDI) formulated by the U.S. military against Russia after the 2014 kyamir incident and the East Ukraine incident. The European deterrence initiative has spent $22 billion by fiscal year 2020. Except for a few European countries, it has not created a joint confrontation with Russia in Europe. Third, most countries in the Indo Pacific region do not intend to choose standing in line between China and the United States. Last year, the Philippines and South Korea stated at different times that the United States could not deploy missiles. Recently, Japan refused to deploy the US Aegis anti missile system on the ground of serious epidemic situation and domestic economic contraction. The US militarys use of the Changi naval base in Singapore and its plan to lease the base at Kam Lam Bay in Vietnam have not aroused local doubts. It is a common view in these countries that they can use and visit with limited access, but do not want to be completely tied to the U.S. military chariots as pawns. It can be said that adding US $20 billion to the Indian Pacific Command reminds us of the role of intimidating China. It is an illusion, and it is impossible to achieve it. Xu Lifan (columnist) recommended that the United States send double aircraft carriers to the South China Sea to show muscle, but denied that it was aimed at Chinas military training. US bombers return to Guam for cruising in the South China Sea. China expert: no coincidence. Source: Hu Shuli, editor in charge of Beijing News_ MN7479

Second, it is uncertain how much an additional $20 billion to the U.S. Indian Pacific Command will do. The Pacific deterrence initiative is similar to the European deterrence initiative (EDI) formulated by the U.S. military against Russia after the 2014 kyamir incident and the East Ukraine incident. The European deterrence initiative has spent $22 billion by fiscal year 2020. Except for a few European countries, it has not created a joint confrontation with Russia in Europe.

Third, most countries in the Indo Pacific region do not intend to choose standing in line between China and the United States.

Last year, the Philippines and South Korea stated at different times that the United States could not deploy missiles. Recently, Japan refused to deploy the US Aegis anti missile system on the ground of serious epidemic situation and domestic economic contraction. The US militarys use of the Changi naval base in Singapore and its plan to lease the base at Kam Lam Bay in Vietnam have not aroused local doubts. It is a common view in these countries that they can use and visit with limited access, but do not want to be completely tied to the U.S. military chariots as pawns.

Xu Lifan (columnist)