The Chinese spy balloon is a good reminder we cannot take our national security for granted. Among the many threats we face is an increasingly assertive China which gives every appearance of preparing for war.
While America still leads in nuclear missiles and warheads, it was recently announced China now has more land-based fixed and mobile ICBM launchers than the U.S. does.
China claims it has become the third country – after the U.S. and Canada – to build a quantum computer. It also claims it is breaking some tough encryption schemes and will have the ability to break them all once it builds a big enough quantum machine. That’s a worry for the world financial system and U.S. national security.
The chief of U.S. naval intelligence warns China’s military is building up in every area for war. He says the buildup is one of the fastest in human history and goes far beyond what China needs for its own defense. He cited China’s new capabilities in missiles, long-range weapons, and electronic warfare. He also cited China’s navy which now has a global reach and is pressing for control in parts of the Pacific. This comes at a time when the U.S. is reducing air power in the Pacific because we no longer devote the resources necessary to sustain the effort. “Weakness is provocative,” as former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld used to say.
Concern is growing over Chinese purchases of U.S. farmland and food production assets like Smithfield Foods, the largest pork producer in the U.S. Steps are being taken to block China from purchasing 370 acres to build a corn processing plant near Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota, but Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis remains concerned about Chinese ownership of farmland, especially near military bases, given that China is a hostile nations whose interests are opposed to ours.
Chinese ownership of farmland has gotten a fair amount of attention but Chinese ownership of private American high school military academies with officer training programs has not. Chinese interests now own the New York Military Academy, Donald Trump’s alma mater. They also own the Florida Preparatory Academy. The New York school is getting federal contracts. You have to wonder how these future military officers in these schools are being taught to regard China.
Lastly, China’s military poses an increasing threat in space. China has developed reusable spacecraft, allowing it to build up its capabilities in space quickly. According to a Pentagon report, China is deploying anti-satellite missiles, orbiting killer robots, lasers, and jammers which it will use to “blind and deafen” enemy forces – not only in space – but on the ground.
As you can see, Chinese spy balloons may be the least of our worries. And worried we should be, given that Chinese officials have openly talked about world domination from Mao on down.
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