The US military wants to occupy Chinas islands and reefs in the South China Sea? Expert: the smell of speculation is very strong

 The US military wants to occupy Chinas islands and reefs in the South China Sea? Expert: the smell of speculation is very strong

The number of bases decides the outcome

In the report entitled China wants to project power through Island outposts, but the U.S. military can occupy them, distance is a huge obstacle to tactical air power, especially in the vast Asia Pacific region. Most modern fighters have an operational radius of no more than 500 miles, and even with the help of tankers, they can only add a few hundred miles. The key to the contention between China and the United States over the South China Sea largely depends on how many air bases they can establish, supply and protect within 500 miles of the main combat area..

According to the report, the United States is obviously inferior in this field. Although aircraft carriers can be used as mobile airports on the sea, and the super carriers and amphibious attack ships owned by the US Pacific Fleet have advantages over the Chinese Navy, China has built several unsinkable aircraft carriers - artificial islands and reefs on the islands and reefs in the South China Sea. These island bases, which can accommodate fighter planes to take off and land, together with dozens of airports along Chinas southeast coast, will allow the PLA to deploy more fighters in a decentralized manner and help to avoid attacks by US missiles and bombers.

Is it an option to occupy Chinas islands and reefs?

As the United States has too few air bases to choose from in the Western Pacific, the report said that once a large-scale conflict broke out, China will almost certainly target the Kadena base.. Not long ago, when the center for new American security, a Washington think tank, was simulating the Sino US conflict, Chinas missile attack on the Kadena base actually ended the computer push..

The Pentagon is also aware of the current dilemma. The U.S. Navy is building a new airport on Japans Majie Island, while the U.S. Marine Corps has renovated a World War II airport on Tinian island in the Mariana Islands. But Maggie and Tinian are still thousands of miles away from the South China Sea. In theory, US allies such as the Philippines, Vietnam or Singapore can allow us air power to cover the South China Sea, but whether they are willing to offend China is unknown. If China destroys the Kadena base and blocks the reinforcement of US aircraft carriers, the US military will have a large number of advanced fighters such as F-15, F-16, F-22 and F-35, but it will be difficult to reach the South China Sea theater..

According to the report, a risky but promising option is for the US military to directly dispatch troops to occupy Chinas South China Sea Islands. If this is successful, US fighters may occupy the heart of the South China Sea. The Pentagon has considered this option, the report said. In July, 350 paratroopers from the 25th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army flew from Alaska to Guam on an air force C-17 transport plane to practice landing at simulated enemy airports and occupying them. Meanwhile, the U.S. air force is purchasing containerized deployable air base systems, or bases in a box, that can help engineers quickly restore operational capabilities to combat damaged occupied airports.

At the same time, the U.S. Marine Corps also re - strengthen the beach landing, and occupy the airport training. The U.S. Navy has recently developed a new theory: braved the firepower of Chinas missile forces, helping the US air force, ground forces and amphibious forces to occupy, consolidate and replenish remote outpost bases.

The smell of speculation is very strong

Forbes acknowledged that China has strengthened its defense of the islands in the South China Sea, deployed a large number of radars, missiles and artillery, and sent warplanes to patrol the islands. Once a conflict breaks out, the PLA will also send more planes, weapons and troops to the South China Sea, so it will be very difficult for the US military to forcibly occupy a Chinese outpost island. The US airborne forces must penetrate the dense air defense network, and the amphibious fleet will have to pass through the interception of Chinese submarines and anti-ship missiles. These occupation actions may end up as the bloodiest battle in the Pacific theater of World War II. .

An anonymous Chinese expert interviewed by the Global Times said on the 10th that the assumption of US troops occupying the islands and reefs in the South China Sea is only a media analysis and is based on the premise of a large-scale conflict between China and the United States. In terms of the current combat readiness of the U.S. military, the relevant topics are highly hyped. For example, the U.S. Marine Corps recently complained that the Pentagons abolition of Marine Corps tank units will seriously weaken their amphibious capability and is not conducive to the implementation of forced landing operations, the US military website said on the 9th. However, the expert said that, in any case, China really needs to prevent US forces from attacking the South China Sea, and the best way is to enhance its own strength to prevent the US military from having such a dangerous idea.

(function(){( window.slotbydup=window .slotbydup||[]).push({id:u5811557,container:ssp_ 5811557, async:true }Source: Li Chao, editor in charge of Global Times_ NB12814